Origin of hummer

First recorded in 1595–1605; hum + -er1


  1. a brand of sport-utility vehicle based on the military Humvee. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for hummer

c.1600, agent noun from hum (v.). Meaning "energetic person or thing" is 1680s; that of "excellent person or thing" is slang from 1907. As short for Humvee, attested from 1983.

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