1. (drugs, also bummer trip) an unpleasant drug experience, esp. while using LSD or any other hallucinogenic.
|Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 45: He and Lovel had tried the whole range of the drugs, LSD, psilocybin, mescaline [...] Ditran the bummer, morning-glory seeds.|
|Science News 17 Apr. 264: The worst bummer of all time was recorded by Robert Louis Stevenson. It seems that the good Dr. Jekyll tripped out on a mysterious powder and ended up as the nefarious Mr. Hyde.|
|Outside In I ii: We’ve had some bummers on peroxide.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 4: Bummer trip — Unsettling and threatening experience from PCP intoxication.|
2. any unpleasant experience, depressing circumstances.
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 95: Man, it was a bummer, it wasn’t right.|
|Fireworks (1988) 178: Let me tell you why the joint is really a bummer.‘Sunrise at Midnight’ in|
|Harder They Come 322: Oh gross — what a bummer.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 206: So the big night was a bit of a bummer.|
|Pugilist at Rest 125: The whole idea of labor and childbirth sounds like a total bummer.|
|(con. 1964-65) Sex and Thugs and Rock ’n’ Roll 61: ‘I don’t really want to get into another duo. The last one turned out to be a bit of a bummer’.|
|Leaving Bondi (2013) [ebook] ‘It’s [i.e. a movie shoot] turned out a complete bummer’.|
|Observer Mag. 27 Oct. 42: That’s a bummer, as I now have to be careful about skin cancers.|
|Big Boat to Bye-Bye 177: Stephanie remained deadpan as she said, ‘Bummer’.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 221: She pouted as she withdrew her leg from his lap. ‘Bummer,’ she said.|
|Adventures of the Honey Badger [ebook] What a bummer! From penthouse to shithouse in one easy lesson.|
|Consolation 299: It was a bummer [...] that Cater still hadn’t admitted, in front of witnesses, to being at Maggie Groote’s house.|
|Braywatch 202: I’m like, ‘That’s a bummer’.|
3. a person whose conduct can ruin the enjoyment of a drug.
|‘Fabulous Furry Freak Bros.’ [comic strip] Quit bringing us down, man! You’re a real bummer!|
|(con. 1970) 13th Valley (1983) 109: These dudes up here are really into their dope. Don’t be a bummer. Okay?|
4. (US campus) a hard examination.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 2: bummer – [...] a bad deal: That test was a bummer!|
5. a failure or bad idea.
|New Yorker 3 Oct. 76: All the films released this summer have been box-office bummers.|
|Soho 202: If the idea was such a bummer [...] would the Arts Council cough up twelve and a half grand?|
to be depressed.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 8: ride a bummer – be depressed.|