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chum1

[chuhm] /tʃʌm/
noun
1.
a close or intimate companion:
boyhood chums.
2.
a roommate, as at college.
verb (used without object), chummed, chumming.
3.
to associate closely.
4.
to share a room or rooms with another, especially in a dormitory at a college or prep school.
Origin of chum1
1675-1685
1675-85; of uncertain origin

chum2

[chuhm] /tʃʌm/
noun
1.
cut or ground bait dumped into the water to attract fish to the area where one is fishing.
2.
fish refuse or scraps discarded by a cannery.
verb (used without object), chummed, chumming.
3.
to fish by attracting fish by dumping cut or ground bait into the water.
verb (used with object), chummed, chumming.
4.
to dump chum into (a body of water) so as to attract fish.
5.
to lure (fish) with chum:
They chummed the fish with hamburger.
Origin
1855-60, Americanism; of uncertain origin

chum3

[chuhm] /tʃʌm/
noun
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  • "Hope so," grunted his chum; and this was all that passed between them.

    Storm-Bound Alan Douglas
  • "I'm going to cut it up the best way I know how," his chum replied.

  • "It's a shame," groaned Bobby, holding her chum's hand tightly.

  • As he himself expressed it, alluding to his wife, there was only one chum more.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • The inquiries he and his chum made were productive of no results so far as locating Ward 65 Porton was concerned.

    Dave Porter and His Double Edward Stratemeyer
  • Asaph knew this, but he delighted to stir up his chum occasionally.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Oh, well, said his chum and started with a couple of big steaks to meet Tony.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • But Captain Cy refused to gratify his chum's lively curiosity.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Hugh guessed it must be something pretty serious that could keep his chum from turning up.

    The Chums of Scranton High Donald Ferguson
British Dictionary definitions for chum

chum1

/tʃʌm/
noun
1.
(informal) a close friend
verb chums, chumming, chummed
2.
(intransitive) usually foll by up with. to be or become an intimate friend (of)
3.
(transitive) (Scot) to accompany: I'll chum you home
Word Origin
C17 (meaning: a person sharing rooms with another): probably shortened from chamber fellow, originally student slang (Oxford); compare crony

chum2

/tʃʌm/
noun
1.
(angling, mainly US & Canadian) chopped fish, meal, etc, used as groundbait
Word Origin
C19: origin uncertain

chum3

/tʃʊm/
noun
1.
a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus keta
Word Origin
from Chinook Jargon tsum spots, marks, from Chinook
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Word Origin and History for chum
n.

"friend," 1680s, originally university slang for "roommate," from alternative spelling of cham, short for chamber(mate); typical of the late-17c. fondness for clipped words. Among derived forms used 19c. were chumship; chummery "shared bachelor quarters," chummage "system of quartering more than one to a room."

"fish bait," 1857, perhaps from Scottish chum "food."

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Slang definitions & phrases for chum

chum 2

noun

: Augie, start dumping the chum over

verb

To throw ground-up bait into the water to attract fish: to chum for blues

[1850s+; origin unknown]

chum 1

noun

  1. A very close friend; buddy, pal (1680s+ Students)
  2. Man; fellow; guy •Used in direct address esp to strangers, usually with mildly hostile overtones: Keep guessing, chum (1940s+)

verb

(also chum around): He chums with Georgie Ogle (1880s+)

[origin uncertain, but earlier uses strongly suggest chamber-mate or chamber-fellow as the etymon]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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