Definition of bumf in US English:


(also bumph)


  • Useless or tedious printed information or documents.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To cut down on costs they ship the disc in a custom case with no artwork or the usual bumph.’
    • ‘There's a lot of administrative bumph to get through in terms of university admission and visa stuff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Strangely although there were others in the band apart from singer/songwriter Bill Nelson they go unacknowledged in the sleevenotes and promotional bumph!’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘I groaned even more when I read the publicity bumf before the screening.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now all we have to do a sort out all the junk mail and usual bumph that litters the hall on these occasions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, it seems likely MDPP will do more than simply supply procedural bumf to the tobacco industry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Total sales, according to his publicity bumph, top 43 million across 150 countries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    details, particulars, facts, figures, statistics, data
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Late 19th century: abbreviation of slang bum-fodder, in the same sense.