verb (used without object), bom·bi·nat·ed, bom·bi·nat·ing.
to make a humming or buzzing noise.
Origin of bombinate
1875–80; < New Latin bombinātus, past participle of bombināre, apparently coined by Rabelais on basis of Latin bombilāre to hum, buzz < Greek bombyliázein, derivative of bómbos; see bomb
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Related Words for bombinatereverberate, hum, whisper, purr, whirr, strum, moan, throb, warble, croon, murmur, sing, mumble, trill, sound, growl, drum, rustle, rumble, roar
(intr) literary to make a buzzing noiseAlso (rare): bombilate
Word Origin for bombinate
C19: from Latin bombināre, variant of bombilāre to buzz
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"make a buzzing noise," 1865, from Latin bombinare, corrupted from bombitare "to hum, buzz," from bombus "a deep, hollow sound; hum, buzz," echoic. Related: Bombinated; bombinating.
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