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Definition of "chum" []

  • An intimate friend or companion. (noun)
  • To be an intimate friend. (verb-intransitive)
  • To display good-natured friendliness: chummed around with the other teammates. (verb-intransitive)
  • To share the same room, as in a dormitory. (verb-intransitive)
  • Bait usually consisting of oily fish ground up and scattered on the water. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chum" in a sentence
  • "She used the creature far more than Dorothy, as was natural and right enough; and had mounted it that day to escape what she called her chum's "everlasting fiddling.""
  • "The only thing crueler than that would be to coat them in chum and dump them in the great white shark infested waters off of South Africa."
  • "The common name chum derives from the Native American Chinook language word for “striped” or “variegated” and is descriptive of the streaks and blotches found on the body of a chum as it nears spawning time."