bombinate

[bom-buh-neyt]

verb (used without object), bom·bi·nat·ed, bom·bi·nat·ing.

to make a humming or buzzing noise.

Nearby words

  1. bomber,
  2. bomber jacket,
  3. bomberg,
  4. bombesin,
  5. bombilla,
  6. bombination,
  7. bomblet,
  8. bombload,
  9. bombora,
  10. bombous

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

Related formsbom·bi·na·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bombinate

bombinate

verb

(intr) literary to make a buzzing noiseAlso (rare): bombilate
Derived Formsbombination, noun

Word Origin for bombinate

C19: from Latin bombināre, variant of bombilāre to buzz

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Word Origin and History for bombinate

bombinate

v.

"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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