The small Turkish city of Kilis, on the border with Syria, hums quietly with rebel activity from the neighboring civil war.
He strokes the photocopier; he adores the machine, the way it flashes like lightning as it works, the way it whirs and hums.
(hums) Souvent femme varie; fol qui s'y fie—do you know what that means, you rogue?
Yes, and she hums snatches of songs under her breath as she works.
If a' your hums and haws were hams and haggises, the parish needna fear a dearth.
Further, if Marten hums and haws about the amount, ascertain what sum will satisfy him.
Literally, Clearista pelts the goatherd with apples, as he goes by with his goats, and then hums something sweet.
The Great Eastern hums with life through all its hundred rooms.
hums few notes of "The Rosary," Bobbie attempting to stop her.
He hums tunes and drums upon the window-panes, and seems as gay as a peacock.
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.