Definition of bumf in English:


(also bumph)


mass nounBritish
  • 1Useless or tedious printed material.

    ‘most of his mail was just bumf, bills, and Christmas cards’
    • ‘This and much other fascinating and useful information comes out of this volume often and well, and with little fanfare or bumf, which is nice when reading.’
    • ‘This should have secured price cuts averaging 11 per cent for the UK public sector, according to last year's bumf, but we have no idea if this panned out in practice.’
    • ‘Strangely although there were others in the band apart from singer/songwriter Bill Nelson they go unacknowledged in the sleevenotes and promotional bumph!’
    • ‘I groaned even more when I read the publicity bumf before the screening.’
    • ‘However, it seems likely MDPP will do more than simply supply procedural bumf to the tobacco industry.’
    • ‘Total sales, according to his publicity bumph, top 43 million across 150 countries.’
    • ‘To cut down on costs they ship the disc in a custom case with no artwork or the usual bumph.’
    • ‘So there you go - three new sets of visualisations and a stunning revelation that they should put on the marketing bumph.’
    • ‘Reading on through the promotional bumf you find that the iPod is versatile: you can listen ‘in the car.’’
    • ‘Goodness knows what Gamblers Anonymous make of it all, because one thing is certain: despite the glossy bumph and tales of riches, there are always going to be a lot more losers, than winners.’
    • ‘Now all we have to do a sort out all the junk mail and usual bumph that litters the hall on these occasions.’
    • ‘There's a lot of administrative bumph to get through in terms of university admission and visa stuff.’
    • ‘According to some bumf I have from the Canadian High Commission, it is standard practice, at all Canadian state banquets, to sprinkle every course with saskatoons.’
    • ‘The press bumf says this lot are going to tour this record; I, for one, can't wait.’
    • ‘Try as they might, there is one word that Labour MPs can't bring themselves to mention on election bumph now thudding on to doormats.’
    • ‘I think if I had a catchy e-mail address and glitzy website, I would be flooded with ‘spam’, surveys, bumf about conferences, and students wanting me to do their essays for them.’
    • ‘Anyway I got a pile of bumph basically suggesting that I lock the cats in at night and put Olbas Oil on the cat flap.’
    • ‘Apparently (and I paraphrase the bumf from Will's mate Matt) they were for a long time ‘the traditional broad bean-type thingy’ of the area round Bath (Martock being a place near Bath).’
    • ‘In the press bumf it says these guys have a two record deal; let us hope that the label gets some outside talent in to help or dumps this lot.’
    • ‘BT has got a telling off from the Plain English Campaign for using ‘absolutely incomprehensible’ language in its bumf offering 36 ways to pay one bill.’
    details, particulars, facts, figures, statistics, data
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    1. 1.1dated Toilet paper.
      ‘I've got a bit of bumf in case of air raids’
      • ‘Having adopted the drape-against-wall style for my bumf-hanging activities, I find that it allows one to tear the paper off one-handedly and very neatly.’


Late 19th century: abbreviation of slang bum-fodder, in the same sense.