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.)
a variant of Homs
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.
[huhm-druhm] /ˈhʌmˌdrʌm/ adjective 1. lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence. noun 2. humdrum character or routine; monotony. 3. monotonous or tedious talk. 4. Archaic. a dull, boring person. /ˈhʌmˌdrʌm/ adjective 1. ordinary; dull noun 2. a monotonous routine, task, or person adj. also humdrum, “routine, monotonous,” 1550s, probably a reduplication of hum.
[huhm-druhm] /ˈhʌmˌdrʌm/ adjective 1. lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence. noun 2. humdrum character or routine; monotony. 3. monotonous or tedious talk. 4. Archaic. a dull, boring person. /ˈhʌmˌdrʌm/ adjective 1. ordinary; dull noun 2. a monotonous routine, task, or person
[hyoo-myuh-lin or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu myə lɪn or, often, ˈyu-/ Pharmacology, Trademark. 1. a brand of human insulin produced by genetically engineered bacteria.
[hyoo-muhng-guh s or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmʌŋ gəs or, often, yu-/ adjective, Slang. 1. .