verb (used without object), hummed, humming.
to make a low, continuous, droning sound.
to give forth an indistinct sound of mingled voices or noises.
to utter an indistinct sound in hesitation, embarrassment, dissatisfaction, etc.; hem.
to sing with closed lips, without articulating words.
to be in a state of busy activity:
The household hummed in preparation for the wedding.
British Slang. to have a bad odor, as of stale perspiration.
verb (used with object), hummed, humming.
to sound, sing, or utter by humming:
to hum a tune.
to bring, put, etc., by humming:
to hum a child to sleep.
the act or sound of humming; an inarticulate or indistinct murmur; hem.
Audio. an unwanted low-frequency sound caused by power-line frequencies in any audio component.
(an inarticulate sound uttered in contemplation, hesitation, dissatisfaction, doubt, etc.)
verb hums, humming, hummed
(intransitive) to make a low continuous vibrating sound like that of a prolonged m
(intransitive) (of a person) to sing with the lips closed
(intransitive) to utter an indistinct sound, as in hesitation; hem
(intransitive) (informal) to be in a state of feverish activity
(intransitive) (Brit & Irish, slang) to smell unpleasant
(intransitive) (Austral, slang) to scrounge
hum and haw, See hem2 (sense 3)
a low continuous murmuring sound
(electronics) an undesired low-frequency noise in the output of an amplifier or receiver, esp one caused by the power supply
(Austral, slang) a scrounger; cadger
(Brit & Irish, slang) an unpleasant odour
an indistinct sound of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem
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.).
A low, continuous murmur blended of many sounds.
/ˈhʌməl/ adjective (Scot) 1. (of cattle) hornless 2. (of grain) awnless /ˈhʊməl/ noun 1. Johann Nepomuk (joˈhan ˈneːpomʊk). 1778–1837, German composer and pianist
[huhm-er] /ˈhʌm ər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. Slang. . 3. a hummingbird. [huhm-er] /ˈhʌm ər/ Trademark. 1. a brand of sport-utility vehicle based on the military Humvee. n. c.1600, agent noun from hum (v.). Meaning “energetic person or thing” is 1680s; that of “excellent person or thing” is slang from […]
[huhm-ing] /ˈhʌm ɪŋ/ adjective 1. making a droning sound; buzzing. 2. very busy; briskly active: a humming office. [huhm] /hʌm/ verb (used without object), hummed, humming. 1. to make a low, continuous, droning sound. 2. to give forth an indistinct sound of mingled voices or noises. 3. to utter an indistinct sound in hesitation, embarrassment, […]
[huhm-ing-burd] /ˈhʌm ɪŋˌbɜrd/ noun 1. a very small nectar-sipping New World of the family Trochilidae, characterized by the brilliant, iridescent plumage of the male, a slender bill, and narrow wings, the extremely rapid beating of which produces a sound: noted for their ability to hover and to fly upward, downward, and backward in a horizontal […]