Created by local artists with the intent of exploring both the myth and idea of the archetypal “bum,” the “Please Don’t Feed Our Bums” sticker was quickly appropriated by proponents of various arguments. It’s been called hate-speech by some. It’s been called hilarious by others. No two takes on the sticker have been exactly the same. But whatever you call the sticker, please don’t call the homeless BUMS.
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1 [buhm] Show IPA noun, verb, bummed, bum·ming, adjective, bum·mer, bum·mest.
a person who avoids work and sponges on others; loafer; idler.
a tramp, hobo, or derelict.
Informal . an enthusiast of a specific sport or recreational activity, esp. one who gives it priority over work, family life, etc.: a ski bum; a tennis bum.
Informal . an incompetent person.
a drunken orgy; debauch.
–verb (used with object)
Informal . to borrow without expectation of returning; get for nothing; cadge: He’s always bumming cigarettes from me.
Slang . to ruin or spoil: The weather bummed our whole weekend.
–verb (used without object)
to sponge on others for a living; lead an idle or dissolute life.
to live as a hobo.
–adjective Slang .
of poor, wretched, or miserable quality; worthless.
erroneous or ill-advised; misleading: That tip on the stock market was a bum steer.
lame: a bum leg.
bum around, Informal . to travel, wander, or spend one’s time aimlessly: We bummed around for a couple of hours after work.
bum (someone) out, Slang . to disappoint, upset, or annoy: It really bummed me out that she could have helped and didn’t.
on the bum, Informal .
living or traveling as or in a manner suggesting that of a hobo or tramp.
in a state of disrepair or disorder: The oven is on the bum again.
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1860–65, Americanism ; perh. shortening of or back formation from bummer1 ; adj. senses of unclear relation to sense “loafer” and perh. of distinct orig.
2. vagabond, vagrant.