chum

Definitions

  • Si's Chum, 'shorty' Elliott 026
    Si's Chum, 'shorty' Elliott 026
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chum a large Pacific salmon with small spots on its back; an important food fish
    • n chum bait consisting of chopped fish and fish oils that are dumped overboard to attract fish
    • n chum a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chum chŭm A roommate, especially in a college or university; an old and intimate friend.
    • n Chum Chopped pieces of fish used as bait.
    • v. i Chum To occupy a chamber with another; as, to chum together at college.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chum One who lodges or resides in the same chamber or rooms with another; a room-mate: especially applied to college students.
    • n chum Hence An intimate companion; a crony.
    • chum To occupy the same room or chambers with another; be the chum of some one.
    • chum To put into the same room or rooms with another; put into common quarters.
    • chum Formerly, in some English prisons, to receive, as a new inmate, by a rough ceremony of initiation, beating him with staves, etc., and making him pay an entrance-fee, the whole being accompanied by masquerading and music: sometimes used with up.
    • n chum A bait, consisting usually of pieces of some oily fish, as the menhaden, commonly employed in the capture of bluefish. It is used for baiting the hooks, and is also thrown into the water in large quantities to attract the fish.
    • chum To fish with chum.
    • n chum In ceramics, a block upon which an unbaked vessel is fitted when attached to the lathe to be turned. See thrown-ware, under pottery.
    • n chum A tent; a dwelling.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chum chum a chamber-fellow: friend or associate, chiefly among schoolboys and students
    • v.i., v.t Chum to occupy, or to put one into, the same room with another
    • n Chum a chimney-sweeper's boy: a chum
    • v.i Chum and v.t. to occupy, or to put one into, the same room with another
    • ***

Quotations

  • John Betjeman
    John Betjeman
    “I have a Vision of the Future, chum. The workers flats in fields of soya beans tower up like silver pencils, score on score.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. a contraction fr. comrade, or chamber fellow,: cf. also AS. cuma, a comer, guest

Usage

In literature:

The chums had had more than one dispute with Job Haskers, and all wished that he would leave the school.
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
Bob and Jack snatched the headpieces off, and turned inquiringly to their chum.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
Raymonde's particular set of chums was completed by Katherine Harding, a damsel whose demure looks belied her character.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
He confessed how he had tried to injure Dave and his chums, but said he had had nothing to do with the robberies.
"Dave Porter in the Far North" by Edward Stratemeyer
There's an Auckland proverb, that a new-chum never does any good until his nose has grown.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Helen, although not lacking in kindliness, was less thoughtful than her chum; and she was actually less bold than her chum, too.
"Ruth Fielding at Briarwood Hall" by Alice B. Emerson
Smarting under the slight, and vowing vengeance, I left Nice and travelled to India, where I had plenty of chums.
"Australia Revenged" by Boomerang
By and by he at last caught sight of his chum.
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby
Dave and his chums had their craft headed to where they had made out the forms of a woman and a girl struggling in the water.
"Dave Porter At Bear Camp" by Edward Stratemeyer
We had been splendid chums, my mother and I, that long delightful summer up in the White Mountains.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
***

In poetry:

Now, I had no drinking companions —
I only had one chum,
And he was a staunch teetotaller —
So gave me his ration of rum (!)
"The Bugle Calls? (Rat-a-tat! Plonk! Plonk!)" by T W Connor
By Southern palms and Northern pines—
Where’er was life to lose—
She held her own with thin red lines
Of New Chum Jackaroos.
"The New Chum Jackeroo" by Henry Lawson
Through shot and shell and solitudes,
Wherever feet have gone,
The New Chums fought while eye-glass dudes
And Johnnies led them on.
"The New Chum Jackeroo" by Henry Lawson
They too, till then, were friends. At school
They'd done each other's sums,
And under Oxford's gentle rule
Had been the closest chums.
"Damon vs. Pythias" by William Schwenck Gilbert
All thi life, sin puppy days
We've been chums:--tha knows mi ways;--
An noa matter what fowk says,
On we jog.
'Spite what tricks dame Fortun plays,--
Tha'rt my dog.
"Dick an Me" by John Hartley
Then what sardines in half-lighted passages!
Locking of fingers in long hide-and-seek.
You will protect me, my silken Myfanwy,
Ring leader, tom-boy, and chum to the weak.
"Myfanwy" by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

Frank Langella and chum in "Robot & Frank".
Ian McShane returns to HBO's latest season of 'Deadwood,' as the ruthless Al Swearengen, with an old chum, played by Brian Cox.
Ian McShane returns to HBO's latest season of ' Deadwood ,' as the ruthless Al Swearengen, with an old chum, played by Brian Cox.
Fall Chum Run Stronger Than Expected.
Mangrove snapper can be chummed off the bottom and hooked with a small piece of cut bait, or small white bait, drifted in the chum line.
Hatchery chum salmon are appearing in Salmon Creek, Sheep Creek and elsewhere.
Life is a cabaret, old chum: The Good Life.
The sharks of the US Attorney's office have SAC Capital Advisors surrounded — and owner Steven Cohen is looking a lot like chum.
Thawed sardines can be snipped and frozen for future chum, but not for whole baits.
Most sharks will enter a chum slick and follow the bait but spinners stay below the other more aggressive sharks picking up scraps.
Another poor chum salmon catch this year is making it hard for mushers in Fort Yukon to feed their sled dogs.
INTERVIEWS Earl Sweatshirt Blasts Invasive Media on New Song 'Chum'.
Aside from the chum run, there's very little available fishing, unless you want to sit in the rain and dredge for trout or hope to fool some bass that have pretty much hung it up for the winter.
He told The Telegraph that he and his chums "knew they were about to witness something truly brilliant" when they saw the man staggering.
Relax, frigid friends and chilly chums because Jackson now has an explanation for all the cold air you've noticed lately.
***