One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1a bummerA disappointing or unpleasant situation or experience.‘the party was a real bummer’
disaster, calamity, catastrophe, cataclysm, devastation, misfortune, misadventure, mishap, reverse, vicissitude, setback, trial, tribulation, affliction, blight, injury, adversity, sad event, serious accidentView synonyms
- ‘He can't see my favorite color which is a bummer, but it's better than the ex-boyfriend who was allergic to many of my favorite foods (shrimp, clam chowder).’
- ‘Although it was certainly a bummer, she'd had an amazing experience, and now she has a fantastic video clip of herself singing.’
- ‘Anyway, my birthday last year was more of a bummer, because Rodney Dangerfield passed away.’
- ‘It's a bummer when talented people endeavour to do something artistically challenging, only to have the end result not live up to the promise.’
- ‘I thought it might have been 2004 that was a real bummer but it may just have been the age of 47.’
- ‘At first, news of devastating global climate change might seem a bit of a bummer.’
- ‘While generally speaking that's a very good thing indeed, it's a bummer when your personal fortune is placed at the mercy of somebody's greed.’
- ‘Having cracked, bubbly, sore skin on my hands was always a bit of a bummer, especially as a teenager.’
- ‘Yeah it's a bummer for a couple of days but I guess it doesn't reflect poorly on the rest of our lives.’
- ‘One of the reasons I signed on is because I wanted to work with Frankenheimer, so it's a real bummer he's not doing it.’
- ‘And it might also be a bummer for recreational smokers.’
- ‘It's a bit of a bummer - we've had a full time crew out canvassing, full time in this constituency for a month now.’
- ‘By Spears' standards, the year to date has been a bummer.’
- ‘Although they are more prone to slip down, slippage is often not a problem with carbon posts, but it is a bummer if it happens to you.’
- ‘Potentially taking away the opportunity for emerging artists to show there is a real bummer.’
- ‘They knew from their experience inside that war, that that war was a bummer.’
- ‘The shoulder is a bummer for paddling, but the pain in the neck is especially a bummer since it is always there.’
- ‘Sheesh, a bummer to be sure, but the show isn't just about despair, faulty canaries and premature death from lung cancer.’
- ‘Think about what a bummer it would be if after these autobiographies were finished (I think there are supposed to be three volumes) we understood and knew everything about Bob Dylan.’
- ‘Unfortunately she has to work and then has class after work which is a bit of a bummer.’
2North American A loafer or vagrant.
- ‘A good number of men now filling high places in the land have been, in their Californian days, bummers.’
- ‘The swagman loafer, or ‘bummer,’ times himself, especially in bad weather, to arrive at the shed just about sundown.’
- ‘Getting stung by a jellyfish is among summer's beach bummers.’
- ‘You don't want people around you that are just bummers and hate what they are doing or you don't want people around you that are not very good at what they are doing.’
- ‘The bill would allow the impecunious tramp, corner loafer, pimp and saloon bummer, who have no interests at stake, to go to the polls and make their voices heard.’
Mid 19th century: perhaps from German Bummler, from bummeln ‘stroll, loaf about’.
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