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Etymology 1[edit]

From hum +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of hum


humming (comparative more humming, superlative most humming)

  1. Making a hum sound.
  2. (archaic) Of ale or beer: very strong.
    • 1889, John Bickerdyke, The Curiosities of Ale & Beer: An Entertaining History, page 13:
      But at night crowds of visitors called at his cot, / For he told a right marvellous tale; / Yet a stronger attraction by chance he had got, / A barrel of old humming ale.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English hummynge, equivalent to hum +‎ -ing.


humming (plural hummings)

  1. The sound of something that hums; a hum.
    • 1969 December 8, New York Magazine, volume 2, number 49, page 70:
      There are some contemporary additions to these scattered fragments from Shakespeare. Mostly they are songs; sometimes they are various screechings and hummings []