hum

verb
\ ˈhəm How to pronounce hum (audio) \
hummed; humming

Definition of hum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to utter a sound like that of the speech sound \m\ prolonged humming along with the music
b : to make the natural noise of an insect in motion or a similar sound : drone listening to the bees hum in the garden
c : to give forth a low continuous blend of sound the sound of children's voices with which the house was always humming— J. M. Brinnin
2a : to be busily active the museum hummed with visitors
b : to run smoothly the business started to hum

transitive verb

1 : to sing with the lips closed and without uttering speech sounds distinctly hum a tune
2 : to express by making a vocal sound with the lips pressed together : to affect by humming hummed his displeasure

hum

Definition of hum (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British spelling of , hem entry 4

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Other Words from hum

Verb

hum noun
hummable \ ˈhə-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce hummable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hum in a Sentence

Verb

The garden was humming with bees. The refrigerator hummed in the background. I was humming to myself. We hummed along to the music. I hummed a little song. By noon, the office was really humming. The restaurant hums on weekends.
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Mia Moretti, who came out for the preview, could be seen humming with dedication into this mic. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Designer Nili Lotan Hosts a Preview of the Exhibition “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything”," 11 Apr. 2019 The 35-watt chip packs two cores and four threads humming along at 3.2GHz, with no turbo speeds listed, a configuration that should handle basic office and everyday computing tasks just fine. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD's $55 Athlon 200GE brings Zen CPU cores and Radeon Vega graphics to the masses," 6 Sep. 2018 Production ceased on the old stills at the end of 2017, and the new stills have been humming away since. Jake Emen, USA TODAY, "The Macallan debuts sensational new Scotch distillery," 23 May 2018 Its suburbs were rimmed with razor wire and humming electric fences. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "For South Africa's students, college means promise – if they can get there," 23 Apr. 2018 That’s the question humming through corners of Silicon Valley in recent months as several giant tech companies have kicked the tires on the hot gaming chat company that investors valued earlier this year at $1.6 billion. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Who could buy Discord? Acquirers have been giving the gaming startup a long look.," 21 Nov. 2018 There might be a wireframe animal lurking around, and a slow, steady bass line humming along quietly. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Tetris Effect is a glorious love letter to Tetris," 9 Nov. 2018 Ringing or humming in the ears are telltale signs that a workplace is too noisy, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Why Are People Wearing Earplugs in Church? Hint: It’s Not the Sermon," 25 Jan. 2019 But the pull to migrate to America will remain as long as the economy is humming, which is why Congress should expand the legal pathways for immigration. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Presidential Emergency," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of hum

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for hum

Verb

Middle English hummen; akin to Middle High German hummen to hum, Middle Dutch hommel bumblebee

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hum

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hum

: to make a low continuous sound
: to sing the notes of a song while keeping your lips closed
: to be very active or busy

hum

verb
\ ˈhəm How to pronounce hum (audio) \
hummed; humming

Kids Definition of hum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to utter a sound like a long \m\
2 : to make the buzzing noise of a flying insect
3 : to make musical tones with closed lips
4 : to give forth a low murmur of sounds The street was humming with activity.
5 : to be very busy or active The mall hummed with shoppers.

hum

noun

Kids Definition of hum (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a low continuous noise the hum of bees
2 : musical tones voiced without words

hum

noun
\ ˈhəm How to pronounce hum (audio) \

Medical Definition of hum

: a sound like that made by humming especially : venous hum

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