Hummer

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A Hummer H1.

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Hummer ‎(plural Hummers)

  1. A brand of sport utility vehicles sold by General Motors, and by extension, any large similar vehicle
  2. (military, slang) The HMMWV or Humvee, a US Army vehicle which replaced the Jeep
    • 1985, Andy Rooney, Pieces of my Mind [1], ISBN 0380698854, page 38:
      "The vehicle is called the 'Hummer,' a contrived abbreviation of its official designation, 'High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.'"
    • 1985, James Coates and Michael Kilian, Heavy Losses: The Dangerous Decline of American Defense [2], ISBN 0670804843, page 25:
      "The Hummer, a clumsy, elongated vehicle the Army intended as a replacement for the hardy Jeep, developed so many problems it became known as the Bummer."
    • 1987, Michael Barone & Grant Ujifusa, The Almanac of American Politics, 1988 [3], ISBN 0892340371, page 403:
      "He made a point of not taking federal money for the district -- though by 1986 he was bragging about landing an Army contract to build the Hummer vehicle for a South Bend company."
    • 1994, World Book Inc., "Jeep" in World Book Encyclopedia vol. J [4], ISBN 0716600943, page 25:
      "A Hummer can carry four people."

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Since the introduction of the civilian Hummer in the 1990s, this term has ceased to be used for the military vehicle; the term "Humvee" is typically used instead.

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Hummer

  1. A surname of German origin

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Etymology[edit]

Via Middle Low German from a Scandinavian source, probably Norwegian since many lobsters were caught off the coast of Norway. Ultimately from Old Norse humarr ‎(lobster). Compare German Low German Hummer, Plautdietsch Humma ‎(lobster), Dutch hommer.

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Hummer m ‎(genitive Hummers, plural Hummer)

  1. lobster

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Hummer m (plural Himmer)

  1. hammer