They did not speak; one, only, now and then hummed a sort of tune.
These were often hummed to sleep by the pines of Oregon, those were New England lumbermen.
When she ended and approached him, he shut his eyes and hummed the final bars.
As he rode, his soul overflowing with the joy of life, he hummed the Collect for the Day.
Throughout the first day it rang incessantly, until she could have hummed the haunting melody of it.
He consumed a Pacific sundæ, with a feeling of holiday, and hummed "Mandalay."
Two or three of them hummed doleful songs, as if they were thinking of homes to which they could not go.
Bravely, however, she hummed the tune to which the others had danced.
The dark shape of a sandcar drew up over a dune and hummed to a stop.
Fishing so lonely, they hummed home songs, so as not to scare the fish away.
late 14c., hommen "make a murmuring sound to cover embarrassment," later hummen "to buzz, drone" (early 15c.), probably of imitative origin. Sense of "sing with closed lips" is first attested late 15c.; that of "be busy and active" is 1884, perhaps on analogy of a beehive. Related: Hummed; humming. Humming-bird (1630s) so called from sound made by the rapid vibration of its wings.
There is a curious bird to see to, called a humming bird, no bigger then a great Beetle. [Thomas Morton, "New English Canaan," 1637]
mid-15c., from hum (v.).
A low, continuous murmur blended of many sounds.