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hum

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verb \ ˈhəm \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of hum

hummed; humming
intransitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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

noun

hummable

play \ˈhə-mə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of hum in a Sentence

  1. The garden was humming with bees.

  2. The refrigerator hummed in the background.

  3. I was humming to myself.

  4. We hummed along to the music.

  5. I hummed a little song.

  6. By noon, the office was really humming.

  7. The restaurant hums on weekends.

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Origin and Etymology of hum

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

hum Synonyms


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hum

Definition of hum

  • chiefly British spelling of , hem:4


HUM Defined for English Language Learners

hum

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verb

Definition of hum for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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hum

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verb \ ˈhəm \

Definition of hum for Students

hummed; humming
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.

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hum

noun

Definition of hum for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

hum

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noun \ ˈhəm \

medical Definition of hum

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


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