Main definitions of cum in English

: cum1cum2

cum1

preposition

  • [usually in combination] Combined with; also used as (used to describe things with a dual nature or function):

    ‘a study-cum-bedroom’
    • ‘We ended up in this nightclub cum bowling alley - bizarre little place.’
    • ‘The young winger cum full-back has suffered a serious recurrence of a knee injury and a specialist has said he needs to undergo full knee reconstruction.’
    • ‘Initially, he worked as a shepherd, but these days the 64-year-old earns his keep as a school handyman cum lollipop man.’
    • ‘I imagined the interior of my brain as a stuffed, antiquated file room cum library.’
    • ‘Having the two chefs cum waiters serving there is no need for her or anyone else to run around making sure everyone is being looked after.’
    • ‘It is a peek inside a highly personal diary cum living photo album.’
    • ‘In the last six months, his property - a business premises cum residence - has been broken into three times.’
    • ‘The film veers away from the teacher's acute grief and becomes plot-driven - an escape drama cum love story.’
    • ‘The result was an anguished 1,500-word confession cum apologia.’
    • ‘This is a smart move, because otherwise the whole thing would be so creaky and old-fashioned that only the most determined Christie fan cum couch potato would watch it.’
    • ‘This unusual but charming book is a travel guide - cum - recipe book exploring the people and palate of the Italian capital where the author grew up.’
    • ‘He is a political science academic cum activist who regularly contributes to the media and think tanks.’
    • ‘The same applies to his long-running Korean-war vet cum knight errant.’
    • ‘The pillar bases in these photographs belong to a stupa - cum - monastery complex.’
    • ‘There is also a separate bathroom and a large kitchen cum living room.’
    • ‘There will be a minimum of ten overhead apartments, a restaurant, a licensed premises cum nightclub, and many other facilities.’
    • ‘They were more than happy to be involved in the process of selecting the new crop of anchors cum reporters and in training them.’
    • ‘Kilcullen had, in the 1980's, acquired a new community centre cum sports hall.’
    • ‘Have you wondered what the advantage of a rock star cum blogger is?’
    • ‘It is understood that it plans to provide a first floor coffee shop cum restaurant and to open a retail outlet on the ground floor.’

Origin

Late 19th century: Latin.

Pronunciation:

cum

/kʌm/

Main definitions of cum in English

: cum1cum2

cum2

verb & noun

informal

Pronunciation:

cum

/kʌm/