- humming top,
- hummingbird moth,
Origin of humming
verb (used without object), hummed, hum·ming.
verb (used with object), hummed, hum·ming.
Origin of hum
Examples from the Web for humming
It starts off like any other Lana tune, replete with minor chords and humming, distorted vocals.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I hear him humming—a long, flat note, more electric than musical.Pete Dexter’s Indelible Portrait of Author Norman Maclean|Pete Dexter|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Keep me coming, keep me going, keep me humming, keep me moaning,” she pleads in the chorus.
Grant thought the humming was simply designed to help Luther get the right feel on the song.Excerpts From a New Johnny Cash Biography Capture His Iconoclastic Genius|Robert Hilburn|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As we marched out into the night, a French journalist started bouncing on his heels, humming the Halo theme song.War Games: Microsoft Invades Liechtenstein for Halo 4 Blowout|Alex Klein|November 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The growl is in fact no other than the humming note of bull-roarers swung by men, who are concealed within the edifice.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)|Sir James George Frazer
Now I must stop because I hear the humming of the harpoons on the outside.The Silly Syclopedia|Noah Lott
Humming and strumming, and singing and smoking, splashing, and sparkling; a buzz of voices and booming of sea!The Open Air|Richard Jefferies
When at work he is in the habit of humming various tunes without being conscious of it.Methods of Authors|Hugo Erichsen
It really was humming stuff, but John well knew how proud Iden was of it, and how much he liked to hear it praised.Amaryllis at the Fair|Richard Jefferies
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.).