verb (used without object), bom·bi·nat·ed, bom·bi·nat·ing.
to make a humming or buzzing noise.
Keep it Classy: Fancy Words For Everyday ActivitiesHumming (is so boring) Yet, bombinating sounds much more interesting! This word may sound a bit like bumblebee, which is kind of neat as it means “to hum, or buzz.” First published in the late 1800s, bombinate and bombilate are twins with family-tree roots tangled in both Greek and Latin derivatives (confusing) that lead to the late Latin bombilāre, or “to hum.” Breathing (is so …
reverberate, hum, whisper, purr, whirr, strum, moan, throb, warble, croon, murmur, sing, mumble, trill, sound, growl, drum, rustle, rumble, roar
- bomber jacket,
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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(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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