verb (used without object), hummed, hum·ming.
verb (used with object), hummed, hum·ming.
Origin of hum
Synonyms for hum
Related Words for hummedpurr, strum, moan, throb, whisper, warble, croon, murmur, sing, mumble, trill, sound, bumble, rustle, zoom, drone, bum, whir, bombinate, thrum
Examples from the Web for hummed
Historical Examples of hummed
It whirled, hummed in the air, and then cracked on the shoulders of Andrew.Way of the Lawless
"I'm twenty-one and she's eighteen," hummed the ward under its breath.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
She did not answer, but hummed a little tune and looked up at the tree-tops.The Gentleman From Indiana
I have carried it about in my pocket and hummed it over all day.The Letters of Robert Burns
Gervaise, with her head spinning from too much drink, hummed the refrain with him.L'Assommoir
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.).