I. noun Etymology: perhaps by shortening & alteration from chamber fellow roommate Date: 1684 a close friend ; palchumship noun II. intransitive verb (chummed; chumming) Date: 1730 1. to room together 2. a. to be a close friend b. to show affable friendliness III. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1857 animal or vegetable matter (as chopped fish or corn) thrown overboard to attract fish IV. verb (chummed; chumming) Date: 1857 transitive verb to attract with chum intransitive verb to throw chum overboard to attract fish V. noun Etymology: Chinook Jargon cəm spotted, striped, from Lower Chinook c̓ə́m variegated Date: 1902 chum salmon

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