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An intimate friend or companion.
intr.v. chummed, chum·ming, chums
a. To be an intimate friend.
b. To display good-natured friendliness: chummed around with the other teammates.
2. To share the same room, as in a dormitory.
[Perhaps short for chamber fellow, roommate.]
Bait usually consisting of oily fish ground up and scattered on the water.
v. chummed, chum·ming, chums
To scatter such bait in order to lure fish.
To lure (fish) with such bait.
A chum salmon.
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informal a close friend
vb, chums, chumming or chummed
1. (usually foll by: up with) to be or become an intimate friend (of)
2. (tr) Scot to accompany: I'll chum you home.
[C17 (meaning: a person sharing rooms with another): probably shortened from chamber fellow, originally student slang (Oxford); compare crony]
(Angling) angling chiefly US and Canadian chopped fish, meal, etc, used as groundbait
[C19: origin uncertain]
(Animals) a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus keta
[from Chinook Jargon tsum spots, marks, from Chinook]
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n., v. chummed, chum•ming. n.
1. a close companion or friend; pal.v.i.
2. to associate closely.
3. to room together.
[1675–85; of uncertain orig.]
n., v. chummed, chum•ming. n.
1. cut or ground bait dumped into the water to attract fish.
2. fish refuse or scraps discarded by a cannery.v.i.
3. to attract fish with chum.v.t.
4. to attract with chum.
[1855–60, Amer.; of uncertain orig.]
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Past participle: chummed
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|Noun||1.||chum - a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities|
cobber - Australian term for a pal
friend - a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; "he was my best friend at the university"
|2.||chum - bait consisting of chopped fish and fish oils that are dumped overboard to attract fish|
|3.||chum - a large Pacific salmon with small spots on its back; an important food fish|
salmon - any of various large food and game fishes of northern waters; usually migrate from salt to fresh water to spawn
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noun (Informal) friend, mate (informal), pal (informal), companion, cock (Brit. informal), comrade, crony, main man (slang, chiefly U.S.), cobber (Austral. or old-fashioned N.Z. informal) My dear old chum, what you tell me won't go any further.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. A person whom one knows well, likes, and trusts:
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chum[tʃʌm] N → amiguete m, colega mf, cuate mf (Mex) , pata mf (Peru) ; (= child) → amiguito/a m/f; (in direct address) → amigo
to be great chums → ser íntimos amigos
to be chums with sb → ser amigo de algn
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
chum[ˈtʃʌm] n (= friend) → copain (copine)m/f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
chum[tʃʌm] n (fam) → compagno/a, amicone/a
chum up vi (fam) to chum up (with sb) → fare amicizia (con qn)
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a close friend. a school chum. maat, boesemvriend صَديقٌ حَميم другар companheiro kamarád der Kumpel kammerat φιλαράκι colega semu دوست صمیمی läheinen ystävä copainחבר साथी prisan prijatelj cimbora sahabat félagi, vinur compagno 仲良し 패거리 친구 draugužis draugs kawan rapat makkerkamerat, kompiskumpel انډيوال: خوږملګرۍ companheiro prieten приятель kamarát prijatelj drugar kamrat, kompis เพื่อนสนิท arkadaş, ahbap 好朋友 нерозлучний друг; нерозлийвода گہرا دوست bạn thân 好朋友
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