Yours, Etc.: Origins and Uses of 8 Sign-Offs
"buttocks," late 14c., "probably onomatopœic, to be compared with other words of similar sound and with the general sense of 'protuberance, swelling.' " [OED]
"dissolute loafer, tramp," 1864, American English, from bummer "loafer, idle person" (1855), probably from German slang bummler "loafer," from bummeln "go slowly, waste time." Bum first appears in a German-American context, and bummer was popular in the slang of the North's army in the American Civil War (as many as 216,000 German immigrants in the ranks). Bum's rush "forcible ejection" first recorded 1910.
"of poor quality," 1859, American English, from bum (n.). Bum steer in figurative sense of "bad advice" attested from 1901.
To depress; discourage; irritate: At a fraternity the things you observe totally bum you out/ It bums the fuck out of me sometimes (1960s+)
[probably fr German Bummler, ''loafer'']
The buttocks or anus; ass •More common in British usage: after getting a shot of something in her bum
[late 1300s+; fr Middle English ''anus'']