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[huhm-er] /ˈhʌm ər/
a person or thing that hums.
Slang. humdinger.
a hummingbird.
Origin of hummer
First recorded in 1595-1605; hum + -er1


[huhm-er] /ˈhʌm ər/
a brand of sport-utility vehicle based on the military Humvee. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was a military-looking Jeep, like an armored hummer, only it didn't have any military insignia on it.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • She's a hummer, that girl, and I'll bet you in camp she'll run wild.

    Two Little Women Carolyn Wells
  • Along in August the crop was ready to market, and it was a hummer, no mistake.

  • "Oh, I thought you were Weldon," he added, turning abruptly from hummer.

    A Star for a Night Elsie Janis
  • Atom though the hummer was, hardly more than a pinch of feathers, she was a decided character, with notions and ways of her own.

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
Word Origin and History for hummer

c.1600, agent noun from hum (v.). Meaning "energetic person or thing" is 1680s; that of "excellent person or thing" is slang from 1907. As short for Humvee, attested from 1983.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hummer



  1. A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, etc; humdinger: This is Mason's first book, and it's a hummer (1907+)
  2. fastball (1940s+ Baseball)



A small military vehicle: She and others were traveling in a humvee when one of the Jeeplike vehicles rolled over a mine/ Some 20,000 Humvees were used in the Persian Gulf War

[1990s+; fr high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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