verb (used without object), hummed, hum·ming.
verb (used with object), hummed, hum·ming.
- hully gully,
- hum tone,
- human antihemophilic factor
Origin of hum
Examples from the Web for hums
The small Turkish city of Kilis, on the border with Syria, hums quietly with rebel activity from the neighboring civil war.
He strokes the photocopier; he adores the machine, the way it flashes like lightning as it works, the way it whirs and hums.
In Hums, some Moslems saw a dog eating a bone in Ramadan, and killed him because he would not keep the fast.The Women of the Arabs|Henry Harris Jessup
Kasper is so fascinated that involuntarily he hums as well, but wakes with a start of fright at hearing his own rough voice.Egholm and his God|Johannes Buchholtz
It's only when a fellow 'hums' and 'hahs' about whether the thing was all square or not; that's what Grog won't stand a moment.Luttrell Of Arran|Charles James Lever
The thought of you galloping to me goes through me like a flame that hums.Sandra Belloni, Complete|George Meredith
Hums and dances, or a song may be introduced at this point by Anita.The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays|Walter Ben Hare
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.).