Origin of humming
verb (used without object), hummed, hum·ming.
verb (used with object), hummed, hum·ming.
Origin of hum
Synonyms for hum
Examples from the Web for humming
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 31, 2014
I hear him humming—a long, flat note, more electric than musical.Pete Dexter’s Indelible Portrait of Author Norman Maclean
March 23, 2014
“Keep me coming, keep me going, keep me humming, keep me moaning,” she pleads in the chorus.‘Beyoncé’ Review: Genius…and Dripping of Sex
December 13, 2013
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
October 26, 2013
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
November 8, 2012
Historical Examples of humming
She went about her work that morning humming under her breath.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He lighted the lantern, and Hal Dozier went down the steep steps, humming.Way of the Lawless
She knew the humming and hawing gentleman—had heard him often before.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
They are all gone now, but then they were humming and teeming with work.The Harbor
The air was full of laughter, talk, whistling and humming of the airs from the opera.The First Violin
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.).