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Hobo vs. Bum

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Hobonoun

(North America) A wandering homeless person, especially (historical) one illegally travelling by rail or (pejorative) a penniless, unemployed bum.

Bumnoun

The buttocks.

‘Okay, everyone sit on your bum and try and touch your toes.’;

Hobonoun

(North America) Any migratory laborer, whether homeless or not.

Bumnoun

The anus.

Hobonoun

A kind of large handbag.

Bumnoun

A person.

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Bumnoun

A homeless person, usually a man.

Hobonoun

A professional tramp; one who spends his life traveling from place to place, esp. by stealing rides on trains, and begging for a living.

Bumnoun

A lazy, incompetent, or annoying person, usually a man.

‘Fred is becoming a bum - he's not even bothering to work more than once a month.’; ‘That mechanic's a bum - he couldn't fix a yo-yo.’; ‘That guy keeps interrupting the concert. Throw the bum out!’;

Hobonoun

a disreputable vagrant;

‘a homeless tramp’; ‘he tried to help the really down-and-out bums’;

Bumnoun

A player or racer who often performs poorly.

‘Trade him to another team, he's a bum!’;

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Bumnoun

(colloquial) A drinking spree.

Hobo

A hobo is a migrant worker or homeless vagrant, especially one who is impoverished. The term originated in the Western—probably Northwestern—United States around 1890.

Bumnoun

(dated) A humming noise.

Bumverb

To sodomize; to engage in anal sex.

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Bumverb

To stay idle and unproductive, like a hobo or vagabond; to loiter.

‘I think I'll just bum around downtown for awhile until dinner.’;

Bumverb

To wet the end of a marijuana cigarette (spliff).

Bumverb

To depress; to make unhappy.

Bumverb

(intransitive) To make a murmuring or humming sound.

Bumadjective

Unfair.

‘bum deal’;

Bumadjective

Injured and without the possibility of full repair, defective.

‘I can't play football anymore on account of my bum knee.’;

Bumadjective

Unpleasant.

‘He had a bum trip on that mescaline.’;

Bumnoun

A humming noise.

Bumverb

To borrow without intention of returning; to cadge; as, to bum a cigarette; to bum a cup of coffee; - usually with inexpensive items as the object.

Bumnoun

a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible;

‘only a rotter would do that’; ‘kill the rat’; ‘throw the bum out’; ‘you cowardly little pukes!’; ‘the British call a contemptible person a `git'’;

Bumnoun

a disreputable vagrant;

‘a homeless tramp’; ‘he tried to help the really down-and-out bums’;

Bumnoun

the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on;

‘he deserves a good kick in the butt’; ‘are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?’;

Bumverb

be lazy or idle;

‘Her son is just bumming around all day’;

Bumadjective

of very poor quality

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