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bummer1

[buhm-er] /ˈbʌm ər/
noun, Slang.
1.
a person who bums.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; probably < German Bummler, derivative with -er -er1 of bummeln ‘to take a stroll, dawdle, loiter’ (expressive v. of uncertain origin)

bummer2

[buhm-er] /ˈbʌm ər/
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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British Dictionary definitions for bummers

bummer

/ˈbʌmə/
noun (slang)
1.
an unpleasant or disappointing experience
2.
(mainly US) a vagrant or idler
3.
an adverse reaction to a drug, characterized by panic or fear
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Word Origin and History for bummers

bummer

n.

"loafer, idle person," 1855, possibly an extension of the British word for "backside" (similar development took place in Scotland by 1540), but more probably from German slang bummler "loafer," agent noun from bummeln "go slowly, waste time."

According to Kluge, the German word is from 17c., and the earliest sense of it is "oscillate back and forth;" possibly connected to words in German for "dangle" (baumeln), via "back-and-forth motion" of a bell clapper, transferred to "going back and forth," hence "doing nothing." Meaning "bad experience" is 1968 slang.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bummers

bummer

interjection

An exclamation of dismay: Ms. Riner is too docile, too scared, too unsexy for the role, and— bummer!—there seems to be a real possibility that she's innocent

modifier

: Zonk is rushed to the Woodstock bummer tent

noun
  1. bum1: an old bummer named Rumson (1855+)
  2. An unpleasant or depressing experience with a narcotic, esp with LSD; bad trip (1960s+ Narcotics)
  3. Any bad experience or occasion; bad situation or place: May 17—Trip was a bummer. Instead of being off by ourselves, we met another couple (1960s+ Counterculture)

[first noun sense probably fr German Bummler, ''loafer'']


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