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Definition of "hum" []

  • To emit a continuous low droning sound like that of the speech sound (m) when prolonged. (verb-intransitive)
  • To emit the continuous droning sound of a bee on the wing; buzz. (verb-intransitive)
  • To give forth a low continuous drone blended of many sounds: The avenue hummed with traffic. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be in a state of busy activity. (verb-intransitive)
  • To produce a tune without opening the lips or forming words. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a low continuous vibrating sound like that of a prolonged m (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of a person) to sing with the lips closed (verb)
  • To utter an indistinct sound, as in hesitation; hem (verb)
  • To be in a state of feverish activity (verb)
  • To smell unpleasant (verb)
  • To scrounge (verb)
  • A low continuous murmuring sound (noun)
  • An undesired low-frequency noise in the output of an amplifier or receiver, esp one caused by the power supply (noun)
  • A scrounger; cadger (noun)
  • An unpleasant odour (noun)
  • An indistinct sound of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem (noun)

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Use "hum" in a sentence
  • "-- There, d'ye hire, _Het Came_! she dwon't drean -- _hum, hum, hum_."
  • "He points out the parallel between the three formulae: _Om vagîśvari mum: Om maṇipadme hum: Om vajrapâṇi hum_."
  • "April didnt told us what they TALKED .. * hum hum** wink*: P"