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Hum
See also: Hum, húm, hùm, and HUM

English

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Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /'h?m/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -?m

Noun

hum (plural hums)

  1. A hummed tune, i.e. created orally with lips closed.
  2. An often indistinct sound resembling human humming.
    They could hear a hum coming from the kitchen, and found the dishwasher on.
  3. Busy activity, like the buzz of a beehive.
  4. (Britain, slang) unpleasant odour.
  5. (dated) An imposition or hoax; humbug.
  6. (obsolete) A kind of strong drink.
  7. 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.

Translations

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Verb

hum (third-person singular simple present hums, present participle humming, simple past and past participle hummed)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.
  4. (intransitive) To buzz, be busily active like a beehive
    The streets were humming with activity.
  5. (intransitive) To produce low sounds which blend continuously
  6. (Britain, slang) To reek, smell bad.
    This room really hums — have you ever tried spring cleaning, mate?
  7. (transitive, Britain, dated, slang) To flatter by approving; to cajole; to deceive or impose upon; to humbug.

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Interjection

hum

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Anagrams


Albanian

Etymology

Unknown. Maybe from Proto-Indo-European *skew- ("to cover, conceal").

Noun

hum m (indefinite plural humi, definite singular huma)

  1. rough sea

Bahnar

Alternative forms

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

Verb

hum 

  1. to bathe

Dutch

Etymology 1

jocular abbreviation of humeur (cfr.)

Noun

hum n (plural hummen, diminutive hummetje n)

  1. (good) mood

Etymology 2

Onomatopoeia

Alternative forms

Interjection

hum!

  1. uttering to attract attention, without literal meaning

Jakaltek

Etymology

From Proto-Mayan *huu'ng.

Noun

hum

  1. paper

References

  • Church, Clarence; Church, Katherine (1955) Vocabulario castellano-jacalteco, jacalteco-castellano[1] (in Spanish), Guatemala C. A.: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, pages 45; 23

Middle English

Pronoun

hum

  1. Alternative form of hem ("them")

Ngamo

Noun

hùm

  1. water

References

  • 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], [...]

Phalura

Etymology

From Pashto [script needed] (hum).

Pronunciation

Particle

hum (discourse, Perso-Arabic spelling )

  1. also, as well as

References

  • Liljegren, Henrik; Haider, Naseem (2011) Palula Vocabulary (FLI Language and Culture Series; 7)‎[2], Islamabad, Pakistan: Forum for Language Initiatives, ->ISBN

Portuguese

Article

hum m (plural huns, feminine huma, feminine plural humas)

  1. Obsolete spelling of um

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology 1

From Proto-Slavic *x?lm?.

Pronunciation

Noun

h?m m (Cyrillic spelling ?)

  1. hillock
  2. barrow, tumulus (mound of earth raised over a grave)
Declension
Synonyms

Etymology 2

Unknown origin.

Noun

hum f (Cyrillic spelling )

  1. (obsolete) arrogance
Synonyms

References

  • "hum" in Hrvatski jezi?ni portal

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