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Origin of hum

1300–50; Middle English; ultimately imitative; cognate with German hummen to hum; cf. humblebee

OTHER WORDS FROM hum

un·der·hum, noun
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How to use hum in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hum

hum
/ (hʌm) /

verb hums, humming or hummed
noun
interjection, noun
an indistinct sound of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem

Derived forms of hum

hummer, noun

Word Origin for hum

C14: of imitative origin; compare Dutch hommelen, Old High German humbal bumblebee
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for hum

hum
[ hŭm ]

n.
A low, continuous murmur blended of many sounds.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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