American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang An adverse reaction to a hallucinogenic drug.
- n. Slang One that depresses, frustrates, or disappoints: Getting stranded at the airport was a real bummer.
- n. A loafer or idler.
- n. A beggar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An idle, worthless fellow, especially one who sponges on others for a living; a dissolute fellow; a loafer; a tramp; in United States political slang, a low politician; a heeler; a “boy.”
- n. During the civil war in the United States, a camp-follower or a plundering straggler.
- n. A small truck with two low wheels and a long pole, used in skidding logs. Also called a drag-cart.
- n. A disappointment, a pity, a shame.
- interj. Exclamation of annoyance or frustration at a bummer (disappointment).
- n. obsolete A forager.
- n. US, slang, dated An idle, worthless fellow, without any visible means of support; a dissipated sponger.
- n. UK, slang, uncommon homosexual male
- adj. comparative form of bum: more bum
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Slang, U.S. An idle, worthless fellow, who is without any visible means of support; a loafer; a dissipated sponger; one who bums.
- n. Slang, U.S. an unpleasant event, experience, or situation.
- n. an experience that is irritating or frustrating or disappointing
- n. a bad reaction to a hallucinogenic drug
- From bum + -er ("comparative forming"). (Wiktionary)
- From bum1, adj.. Sense 3, probably from German Bummler, loafer, from bummeln, to loaf. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Lee said the theater will lose on the deal if it gets what he calls bummer movies.”
“It was devoid of punditry, the real bummer is listening to commentary while an historic event is proceeding before our eyes.”
“The only bummer is that my favorite song of theirs -”
“Bum, coming by way of an earlier bummer from the German bummler, becomes noun, adjective, verb and adverb.”
“An absolute 'bummer' - but the reality that I've had to face.”
“But with Sandy Graff it was different; he belonged identically to the place, and all the town knew him, the sinister tragedy of his history, and all the why and wherefore that led to his becoming the poor miserable drunken outcast -- the town "bummer" -- that he was.”
“The thing that dismayed me was, the rest of the players, the ones getting drunk, were mostly lawyers and other A-types whose natural inclination is to design rules for everyone, so the bummer was the person least likely to insist on rules was the one demanding them.”
“This is what we used to call a bummer, back in the Early Days The old man in the truck stared down at me in slow alarm.”
“Regardless of cost, the bummer is the realization that this is a vehicle that was designed to fit the congested, exurban, 90 percent of drivers travel less than 50 miles per day world that we live in today, rather than the "go west young man" America that built it.”
“Even more of a bummer is the fact that the Behold is hardwired to go through some sort of proxy or gateway for web page access, which causes occasional glitches loading full HTML sites and makes bookmarking odd because the actual URL is sometimes prefaced with that gateway / proxy IP address.”
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