From Middle English hummen ("to hum, buzz, drone, make a murmuring sound to cover embarrassment"); akin to Dutch hommelen ("to bumble, buzz"), dialectal Dutch hommen ("to buzz, hum"), Middle High 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.
c. 1606, William Shakespeare, "The Tragedie of Macbeth", in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [...] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
the shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums
- Busy activity, like the buzz of a beehive.
- (Britain, slang) unpleasant odour.
- (dated) An imposition or hoax; humbug.
- (obsolete) A kind of strong drink.
c. 1622, John Fletcher; Philip Massinger [et al.?], "Beggars Bvsh", in Comedies and Tragedies [...], London: [...] Humphrey Robinson, [...], and for Humphrey Moseley [...], published 1647, OCLC 3083972, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- you do provide me hum enough , And lour to bouse with
- A phenomenon, or collection of phenomena, involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people.
tune created orally with lips closed
indistinct sound resembling human humming
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hum (third-person singular simple present hums, present participle humming, simple past and past participle hummed)
- (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 team ominously hummed "We shall overcome" as they came back onto the field after the break.
- (intransitive) To drone like certain insects naturally do in motion, or sounding similarly
- 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 2
- A slight gloom fell upon the table. Jacob was helping himself to jam; the postman was talking to Rebecca in the kitchen; there was a bee humming at the yellow flower which nodded at the open window.
- (intransitive) To buzz, be busily active like a beehive
The streets were humming with activity.
- (intransitive) To produce low sounds which blend continuously
- (Britain, slang) To reek, smell bad.
This room really hums — have you ever tried spring cleaning, mate?
- (transitive, Britain, dated, slang) To flatter by approving; to cajole; to deceive or impose upon; to humbug.
to make sound with lips closed
to drone like certain insects naturally do in motion
to be busily active like a beehive
to produce low sounds which blend continuously
- Synonym of hmm: a noise indicating thought, consideration, &c.
1890, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of the Four:
"'Hum!' said he. 'A fifth share! That is not very tempting.'
"'It would come to fifty thousand apiece,' said I.
- Synonym of um: a noise indicating doubt, uncertainty, &c.
- 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 27:
- Ah, now, this is why we must proceed with great circumspection. They were both, hum, "put out" themselves.
Unknown. Maybe from Proto-Indo-European *skew- ("to cover, conceal").
hum m (indefinite plural humi, definite singular huma)
- rough sea
From Proto-Bahnaric *hu:m ~ ho:m, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *huum ~ *?um. Cognate with Sedang huam, Cua taho:p, Pacoh houm, Puoc ?u:m, Nyah Kur hóom. Probably also related to the forms with initial *s-, such as Khasi sum and Hu ?úm.
- to bathe
jocular abbreviation of humeur (cfr.)
hum n (plural hummen, diminutive hummetje n)
- (good) mood
- uttering to attract attention, without literal meaning
From Proto-Mayan *huu'ng.
- Church, Clarence; Church, Katherine (1955) Vocabulario castellano-jacalteco, jacalteco-castellano (in Spanish), Guatemala C. A.: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, pages 45; 23
- Alternative form of hem ("them")
- Takács, Gábor (2007) Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3, Leiden: Brill, ->ISBN, page 201, ->ISBN:
- [...] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-? "water" [GT]:
- (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *h?m) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [...] Ngamo hùm [Schuh], [...]
From Pashto [script needed] (hum).
hum (discourse, Perso-Arabic spelling )
- also, as well as
- Liljegren, Henrik; Haider, Naseem (2011) Palula Vocabulary (FLI Language and Culture Series; 7), Islamabad, Pakistan: Forum for Language Initiatives, ->ISBN
hum m (plural huns, feminine huma, feminine plural humas)
- Obsolete spelling of um
From Proto-Slavic *x?lm?.
h?m m (Cyrillic spelling ?)
- barrow, tumulus (mound of earth raised over a grave)
hum f (Cyrillic spelling )
- (obsolete) arrogance
- "hum" in Hrvatski jezi?ni portal