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- Slang. An adverse reaction to a hallucinogenic drug.
- Slang. One that depresses, frustrates, or disappoints: Getting stranded at the airport was a real bummer.
- A loafer or idler.
- A beggar.
[From BUM1, adj.. Sense 3, probably from German Bummler, loafer, from bummeln, to loaf.]
An idler or loafer. (1855 —) .
verb, perh. after German Bummler.]
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).
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