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chum1 / chəm/ inf., dated • n. a close friend. ∎  a form of address expressing familiarity or friendliness: it's your own fault, chum. • v. (chummed , chum·ming ) [intr.] be friendly to or form a friendship with someone: they started chumming around in high school. DERIVATIVES: chum·mi·ly / ˈchəməlē/ adv. chum·mi·ness n. chum·my adj. chum2 • n. chopped fish, fish fluids, and other material thrown overboard as angling bait. ∎  refuse from fish, esp. that remaining after expressing oil. • v. [intr.] use chum as bait when fishing. chum3 (also chum salmon) • n. (pl. same or chums ) a large North Pacific salmon (Oncorhyncus keta) that is commercially important as a food fish.

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chum one who shares rooms with another, (hence) intimate associate. XVII. prob. short for chamber-fellow (XVI), orig. a word of Oxford univ. sl., corr. to the Cambridge crony.
Hence chum vb. share rooms. XVIII.

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chumbecome, benumb, Brum, bum, chum, come, crumb, cum, drum, dumb, glum, gum, ho-hum, hum, Kara Kum, lum, mum, numb, plum, plumb, Rhum, rhumb, rum, scrum, scum, slum, some, strum, stum, succumb, sum, swum, thrum, thumb, tum, yum-yum •natatorium •stumblebum • dumdum • bubblegum •outcome • sugarplum • lanthanum •kettledrum • breadcrumb • humdrum •eardrum

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