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From Old English hommen "make a murmuring sound to cover embarrassment," later (medieval English) hummen "to buzz, drone" (c.1420); akin to (medieval and modern) Dutch hommel 'humblebee', medieval German hummen 'to hum', probably ultimately of imitative origin
hum (plural hums)
- A hummed tune, i.e. created orally with lips closed.
- An often indistinct sound resembling human humming.
- They could hear a hum coming from the kitchen, and found the dishwasher on.
- the shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums
- Busy activity, like the buzz of a beehive.
- (UK, slang) unpleasant odour.
- (dated) An imposition or hoax; humbug.
- (obsolete) A kind of strong drink.
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- (intransitive) To make a sound from the vocal chords without pronouncing any real words, with one's lips closed.
- We are humming happily along with the music.
- (transitive) To express by humming.
- to hum a tune
- The hazers ominously hummed "We shall overcome" while they paddled the unruly pledges
- (intransitive) To drone like certain insects naturally do in motion, or sounding similarly
- (intransitive) To buzz, be busily active like a beehive
- 'The streets were humming with activity.
- (intransitive) To produce low sounds which blend continuously
- (UK) To reek, smell bad.
- This room really hums — have you ever tried spring cleaning, mate?
- (UK) To deceive, or impose on one by some story or device.
- (transitive, dated, slang) To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.
- hmm; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.
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jocular abbreviation of humeur (cfr.)
- (good) mood
- uttering to attract attention, without literal meaning
- Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3: m- (2007, ISBN 9789004164123), page 201:
- […] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
- (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: […] Ngamo hùm [Schuh], […]
- Obsolete spelling of um.
hȗm m (Cyrillic spelling ху̑м)
hum f (Cyrillic spelling хум)