(bŭm'ər) pronunciation
  1. Slang. An adverse reaction to a hallucinogenic drug.
  2. Slang. One that depresses, frustrates, or disappoints: Getting stranded at the airport was a real bummer.
    1. A loafer or idler.
    2. A beggar.

[From BUM1, adj.. Sense 3, probably from German Bummler, loafer, from bummeln, to loaf.]



  1. A great disappointment or regrettable fact: crime, pity, shame. Idioms: a crying shame. See good/bad.
  2. One who begs habitually or for a living: almsman, almswoman, beggar, cadger, mendicant. Informal panhandler. Slang moocher. See request.

  1. bummer
    noun, US

    An idler or loafer. (1855 —) .

    [Cf. bum2 verb, perh. after German Bummler.]
  2. bummer
    noun, orig and mainly US

    An unpleasant or depressing experience, esp. one induced by a hallucinogenic drug; a disappointment, failure. Freq. in phr. to be a bummer. (1967 —) .
    N. Mailer It was a bummer. Hitchhiking over to the nuthouse, the whole day got lost (1979).

    [From bum adjective + -er.]

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Dansk (Danish)
n. - vagabond, drivert

Nederlands (Dutch)
nietsnut, sof

Français (French)
n. - pédé, déception, fiasco, mauvais trip (drogue)

Deutsch (German)
n. - (Slang) Gammler, (Slang) unerfreuliches Ereignis

Ελληνική (Greek)
n. - αλήτης, αργόσχολος, δυσάρεστη εμπειρία, σκέτη απογοήτευση

Italiano (Italian)
seccatura, seccatore

Português (Portuguese)
n. - vagabundo (m)

Русский (Russian)
бродяга, облом, неприятное происшествие

Español (Spanish)
n. - gorrero, holgazán, pillo

Svenska (Swedish)
n. - luffare, lodare, skitgrej, snedtändning

中文(简体)(Chinese (Simplified))
无赖, 游荡者, 游民

中文(繁體)(Chinese (Traditional))
n. - 無賴, 遊蕩者, 遊民

한국어 (Korean)
n. - 게으름뱅이, 건달, 불쾌한 일

日本語 (Japanese)
n. - なまけ者, コンベヤー係, 不快な経験, 期待はずれの経験

العربيه (Arabic)
‏(الاسم) شىء غير مفرح, سيء‏

עברית (Hebrew)
n. - ‮מעצבן, דפק, גרוע‬

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