verb (used without object), hummed, hum·ming.
verb (used with object), hummed, hum·ming.
Origin of hum
Synonyms for hum
Related Words for humspurr, strum, moan, throb, whisper, warble, croon, murmur, sing, mumble, trill, sound, bumble, rustle, zoom, drone, bum, whir, bombinate, thrum
Examples from the Web for hums
Contemporary Examples of hums
The small Turkish city of Kilis, on the border with Syria, hums quietly with rebel activity from the neighboring civil war.Can the Syrian Rebels Unite?
November 30, 2012
He strokes the photocopier; he adores the machine, the way it flashes like lightning as it works, the way it whirs and hums.An Excerpt from Between the Assassinations
June 10, 2009
Historical Examples of hums
"I don't care what becomes of me," she hums over my shoulder.Torchy
Yes, and she hums snatches of songs under her breath as she works.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The thought of you galloping to me goes through me like a flame that hums.Sandra Belloni, Complete
There's no doubt about that; and you're all a set of hums, together—you hen-men!The History of The Hen Fever
George P. Burnham
Further, if Marten hums and haws about the amount, ascertain what sum will satisfy him.The Terms of Surrender
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.).