Bummers

bummer

1 [buhm-er]
noun Slang.
a person who bums.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism; probably < German Bummler, derivative with -er -er1 of bummeln ‘to take a stroll, dawdle, loiter’ (expressive v. of uncertain origin)

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bummer

2 [buhm-er] Slang.
noun
1.
the unpleasant aftermath of taking narcotic drugs, especially frightening hallucinations or unpleasant physical sensations.
2.
any unpleasant or disappointing experience: That concert was a real bummer.
interjection
3.
(used to express disappointment, frustration, or the like): Looks like we're having a test tomorrow—bummer!

Origin:
1965–70; apparently bum1 (adj. sense) + -er1

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bummer (ˈbʌmə)
 
n
1.  an unpleasant or disappointing experience
2.  chiefly (US) a vagrant or idler
3.  an adverse reaction to a drug, characterized by panic or fear

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Word Origin & History

bum
"buttocks," late 14c., "probably onomatopoeic, to be compared with other words of similar sound and with the general sense of 'protuberance, swelling.' " [OED]

bum
"dissolute loafer, tramp," 1864, Amer.Eng., from bummer "loafer, idle person" (1855), possibly an extension of the British word for "backside" (similar development took place in Scotland, 1540), but more prob. from Ger. slang bummler "loafer," from bummeln "go slowly, waste time." Bum first appears in
a Ger.-Amer. context, and bummer was popular in the slang of the North's army in Amer. Civil War (as many as 216,000 Ger. immigrants in the ranks). Bum's rush "forcible ejection" first recorded 1910. Bummer "bad experience" is 1960s slang.
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