American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An intimate friend or companion.
- v. To be an intimate friend.
- v. To display good-natured friendliness: chummed around with the other teammates.
- v. To share the same room, as in a dormitory.
- n. Bait usually consisting of oily fish ground up and scattered on the water.
- v. To fish with such bait.
- v. To lure (fish) with such bait.
- n. A chum salmon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who lodges or resides in the same chamber or rooms with another; a room-mate: especially applied to college students.
- n. Hence An intimate companion; a crony.
- To occupy the same room or chambers with another; be the chum of some one.
- To put into the same room or rooms with another; put into common quarters.
- Formerly, in some English prisons, to receive, as a new inmate, by a rough ceremony of initiation, beating him with staves, etc., and making him pay an entrance-fee, the whole being accompanied by masquerading and music: sometimes used with up.
- n. A bait, consisting usually of pieces of some oily fish, as the menhaden, commonly employed in the capture of bluefish. It is used for baiting the hooks, and is also thrown into the water in large quantities to attract the fish.
- To fish with chum.
- n. In ceramics, a block upon which an unbaked vessel is fitted when attached to the lathe to be turned. See thrown-ware, under pottery.
- n. A tent; a dwelling.
- n. fishing A mixture of (frequently rancid) fish parts and blood, dumped into the water to attract predator fish, such as sharks.
- v. fishing To cast chum into the water to attract fish.
- n. A friend; a pal.
- n. A roommate.
- v. To share rooms with; to live together.
- v. To make friends with; to socialize.
- v. Scotland, informal To accompany.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A roommate, especially in a college or university; an old and intimate friend.
- v. United States To occupy a chamber with another.
- n. United States Chopped pieces of fish used as bait.
- n. a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
- n. bait consisting of chopped fish and fish oils that are dumped overboard to attract fish
- n. a large Pacific salmon with small spots on its back; an important food fish
- Perhaps from Powhatan. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps short for chamber fellow, roommate.Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She used the creature far more than Dorothy, as was natural and right enough; and had mounted it that day to escape what she called her chum's "everlasting fiddling.”
“The only thing crueler than that would be to coat them in chum and dump them in the great white shark infested waters off of South Africa.”
“The common name chum derives from the Native American Chinook language word for “striped” or “variegated” and is descriptive of the streaks and blotches found on the body of a chum as it nears spawning time.”
“I called my chum and asked him if Murphy was good for a drink, he replied, "Has he got it?”
“The lad whom he called his chum, the best of his pals would be gone for ever, in a few hours.”
“Then, thinking it was time for Phil to rejoin them, they called their chum's name.”
“He questioned me about the fate of the Captain Mironoff, whom he called his chum, and often interrupted me by sententious remarks, which, if they did not prove him to be a man well versed in war, showed his natural intelligence and shrewdness.”
“The maestro of Tuesday's inauguration in his role as executive director of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Mr. Beliveau is overseeing the 5,000 portable toilets plus 20 Jumbotron television screens, hundreds of shuttle buses, thousands of VIPs, the distribution of event tickets by armored trucks, and what the Obama staff calls "chum" -- trinkets being peddled to the masses.”
“He was subject to fits of weariness or caprice, and it was in one of these that he had suddenly left London in the height of the season, and had started for Norway on a yachting cruise with three chosen companions, one of whom, George Lorimer, once an Oxford fellow-student, was now his "chum" -- the Pythias to his Damon, the _fidus Achates_ of his closest confidence.”
“Maybe see if we can get Australia’s permission to coat them in chum and dump them in the shark infested waters off of the Great Barrier Reef?”
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