verb (used without object), hummed, hum·ming.
verb (used with object), hummed, hum·ming.
Origin of hum
Synonyms for hum
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Contemporary Examples of hum
There was no shelling this time, but there was the hum of watchful drones.Gaza ‘Mass Execution’ Investigated
August 5, 2014
Achtung Baby's ironic astringency was a successful reaction to Rattle and Hum's gauzy sincerity.U2 Drops ‘Invisible’ to Remind You the Band Exists
February 9, 2014
Just smile, hum a tune, count backwards from a thousand repeatedly.Can Being With Your Family on Thanksgiving Actually Kill You?
November 29, 2013
DE, from the French, means "of" as in "from;" DO, like the deer, is the first tone you hum.National Scrabble Day: A Poem So You’ll Know All 101 Two-Letter Words
April 13, 2013
From the site, one can hear the hum of traffic and see cars passing on the street.Mary Kennedy: Bringing Up the Body
July 26, 2012
Historical Examples of hum
"Hum," remarked Uncle Peter, in a tone to be noticed for its extreme dryness.
He heard the hum and clang of an electric car off through a chestnut grove.
I don't quite think myself a lady-killer: by George, my—hum!Weighed and Wanting
The Sunday landscape was very still, save for the hum of busy insect life.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The bystanders did, and a hum of curiosity circled round; who could they be?Night and Morning, Complete
verb hums, humming or hummed
Word Origin for hum
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.).