chum 1[chuhm] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a close or intimate companion: boyhood chums.
  2. a roommate, as at college.

verb (used without object), chummed, chum·ming.

  1. to associate closely.
  2. to share a room or rooms with another, especially in a dormitory at a college or prep school.

Origin of chum 1First recorded in 1675–85; of uncertain origin chum 2[chuhm] 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, chum·ming.

  1. to fish by attracting fish by dumping cut or ground bait into the water.

verb (used with object), chummed, chum·ming.

  1. to dump chum into (a body of water) so as to attract fish.
  2. to lure (fish) with chum: They chummed the fish with hamburger.

Origin of chum 2An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; of uncertain origin chum 3[chuhm] noun

  1. chum salmon.

Related Words for chums crony, comrade, buddy, playmate, associate, pal, mate, companion, sis, bro, co-mate Examples from the Web for chums Contemporary Examples of chums

  • Once chums and collaborators, they had irretrievably drifted apart.

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    March 1, 2014

  • “Cressida has said Kate is not keen on her relationship with Harry,” one of her chums tells the Telegraph’s Richard Eden.

    Is Kate Middleton Trying to Block Cressida And Harry’s Marriage Plans?

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    September 11, 2013

  • Habitually unable to contain his choleric temper, Kennedy cut loose when addressing his former Harvard chums in 1937.

    “The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life

    Jacob Heilbrunn

    November 21, 2012

  • Whether out for date night or lunch with chums, the restaurant-hopping first couple exude a heady sense of glamour and excitement.

    First Food Critics

    Sandra McElwaine

    May 30, 2009

  • Historical Examples of chums

  • He certainly did enjoy action more than any one of the chums.

    With Trapper Jim in the North Woods

    Lawrence J. Leslie

  • I saw one of my chums going past the end of the street, sir, and I ran after him.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • His chums looked at him, wondering at the emphasis he put in his words.

    Frank Roscoe’s Secret

    Allen Chapman

  • His chums, coming to the city to pay him a visit, could not find him.

    Frank Roscoe’s Secret

    Allen Chapman

  • “You worked that pretty slick,” Jim said, as the chums approached him.

    Frank Roscoe’s Secret

    Allen Chapman

  • British Dictionary definitions for chums chum 1 noun

    1. informal a close friend

    verb chums, chumming or chummed

    1. (intr usually foll by up with) to be or become an intimate friend (of)
    2. (tr) Scot to accompanyI’ll chum you home

    Word Origin for chum C17 (meaning: a person sharing rooms with another): probably shortened from chamber fellow, originally student slang (Oxford); compare crony chum 2 noun

    1. angling, mainly US and Canadian chopped fish, meal, etc, used as groundbait

    Word Origin for chum C19: origin uncertain chum 3 noun

    1. a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus keta

    Word Origin for chum from Chinook Jargon tsum spots, marks, from Chinook Word Origin and History for chums chum n.1

    “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.”

    chum n.2

    “fish bait,” 1857, perhaps from Scottish chum “food.”

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