Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mining: The heaving or rising of the floor.
- n. The emitting of a hollow sound when struck.
- v. present participle of bum.
“And many of our listeners have told us, they're kind of bumming out, too.”
“That was in the days when they called it "bumming," you know.”
“You are always "bumming" cigarettes and I won't stand for it anymore. ”
“John Davis coolly sat on a powder-keg from which the top had been shot off, and was so found by an officer, who hastily censured him for his loafing -- "bumming" during recess.”
“Work he will not under any circumstances, but subsists on the hospitality of the whites until he has entirely worn it out and then removes to the natives, mushing from camp to camp and "bumming" his way as he goes.”
“Enjoyed your article, very amusing, us Scots with our 'bumming' ...”
“It turns out, in this age of consumerism and gadgetry, that all this stuff we buy isn't really making us any happier -- in fact, it's kind of bumming us out.”
“There was actually one thing that I heard going into this movie that was kind of bumming me out.”
“Following the accusations of homophobia levelled at the sketch show, here lesbianism is largely confined to extras tickling tonsils in the background while Fletch's fear of 'bumming' is just one more instance of crass, sniggering dialogue in a script that's wretched with it.”
“And "bumming" refers to sex between homosexual men.”
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