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bum around

bum around

Date: Jun 11 2009


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I was kind of bumming around, thinking, ‘You’ll never reach the goals you set for yourself.’”

- Robert Pattinson talking about his life before Twilight. (Us Weekly)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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waste time by being lazy or wandering around aimlessly

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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A bum is a person who doesn’t work or doesn’t have a home. It isn’t very nice to call someone a bum, and it’s usually negative to say that someone is just bumming around, since it suggests that they’re being lazy and wasting time.

On the other hand, to bum around isn’t always considered a bad thing. Many backpackers are happy to bum around from one hostel to another, or travel from place to place without following a strict plan or schedule. Bum around can also mean relax or take it easy. So it might be bad if all you ever do is bum around, but if you feel like bumming around a bit after a hard day’s work, who could blame you?

Before he became a famous actor, Robert Pattinson, the star of Twilight, felt bad about himself for bumming around and not doing anything with his life. These days, he’s probably so busy that he doesn’t have any time to just bum around. Maybe he even wishes he could go back to his bumming days for just a little while.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“After I graduated college, I didn’t want to start working right away so I bummed around Europe for a while instead.”

“I wish I could just bum around today but I have too much work to do.”

“Heidi’s dad is worried that she’s going to spend the rest of her life just bumming around.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

VOLTS ‘bumming around’ is used to describe the act of being lazy and doing very little.
by VOLTSSuper Member!
chomo To travel around or spend your time with no particular plans...I think:)
by chomo
lalobrown to spend one`s time w/o purpose
by lalobrown
Sezai Procrastinating or acting lazy and not doing anyting.Fiddle around.
by Sezai
bum around - to spend time being very lazy and doing very little or nothing at all.
by RadistkaAnn
Ruinzee try things but without intention
by Ruinzee
bumming around means living without any plans
by damascus rose
sofree goof around
by sofree
Liaa without work
by Liaa

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South Korea

u know, i was just bumming aroudn without thinking. i think i have to do something from now on.

01:22 PM Dec 01 2009 |



Dominican Republic

After i hard work day and a tireful day in college it`s not a bad idea to bum around a litle.

03:58 PM Jun 17 2009 |


United States

i had been like to bun a round. but now a day i have no time to do that. If i have a chance i still want to that again.

03:55 PM Jun 17 2009 |

Alison P.

Alison P.


I admit that I always bum around..I don't like this habit, but it's hard to change..anybody could help me?

05:31 AM Jun 17 2009 |



I have free times nowadays. so I am bum around

02:28 AM Jun 17 2009 |




Sometimes I bum around… I think about life, eat things, watch tv, talk to my dogs… and sometimes it's boring…rs

06:30 PM Jun 16 2009 |

crazybaby jenny


free everyday

09:19 AM Jun 16 2009 |




If I had much money,I would bum around a little traveling to Europe hehe

12:13 AM Jun 16 2009 |




For more be boring to work,I wouldn't bum aroud for long time! :P

12:10 AM Jun 16 2009 |




I wouldn't mind bumming around for a little bit. Working can be boring sometimes!

11:49 PM Jun 15 2009 |



change the experience?


08:57 AM Jun 15 2009 |

ren phary


hi friend could be we change the experience to each other?

02:41 AM Jun 15 2009 |



mamaybe you are right`

01:39 PM Jun 14 2009 |



Sometimes,bumming around is very important for a person .You do nothing,just thinking what you want to do, planning your future.Being relaxed can make you wiser.So,i like it and need it.Cool

01:30 PM Jun 14 2009 |



i don't like bum arund``

01:21 PM Jun 14 2009 |



United Kingdom

sometimes bum around is needful but not all time :)

10:31 AM Jun 14 2009 |




me tooo…


07:21 AM Jun 14 2009 |





05:56 PM Jun 12 2009 |

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