lazy, idle ...a1513 Sc. obs.
1. a lazy, foolish, or stupid person ...a1513 Sc. obs.
2. a bumblebee ...a1614 Sc. obs.
probably from bum (vb. to hum or buzz loudly, like a bee, an object moving rapidly through the air, or a crowd of people talking) + -ard
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
a1513 - see EXAMPLE below
"...I have ane wallidrag, ane worme, ane auld wobat carle,
A waistit wolroun, na worth bot wourdis to clatter;
Ane bumbart, ane dron bee, ane bag full of flewme,
Ane skabbit skarth, ane scorpioun, ane scutarde behind;
To see him scart his awin skyn grit scunner I think..."
From: The Tretis of the Twa Mariit Women and the Wedo
(The treatise of the two married women and the widow)
- William Dunbar