hum·​mer | \ ˈhə-mər How to pronounce hummer (audio) \

Definition of hummer

1 : one that hums

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Examples of hummer in a Sentence

A hummer was feeding at the flowers. he's a real hummer when it comes to getting new clients for his advertising agency
Recent Examples on the Web The hummers usually find it within a week and keep coming back, often the same date, for years on their migratory routes. Tom Stienstra,, "Can’t get outdoors during shelter-in-place? Bring the wildlife to your backyard," 29 Mar. 2020 Once in a while somebody catches a snakehead, but these ho-hummers don’t seem to be in any hurry to take over the nation’s waterways. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "These 8 Aquatic Invasive Species are Threatening Fisheries Across the U.S.," 7 Feb. 2020 Two summer-flowering shade perennials are sure to draw the hummers. Earl Nickel,, "A hummingbird garden for all the seasons," 18 Oct. 2019 Whereas ordinary birds pull themselves aloft with just the downstroke of their wings, insects and hummers generate lift in both directions. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019 Most of the birds arriving on Fort Morgan are coming from Mexico, Central America, or even South America, even the tiny hummers. Ben Raines,, "Tiny birds, incredible journey," 20 Apr. 2018 Found only in Cuba, the itty-bitty bee hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird, weighing less than a dime, is adapted to drink nectar from flowers too small for any other hummer. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018 But the tiniest of these hummers was the one that elicited the most excitement: a Festive coquette, an extremely rare green-crested bird with a white rump patch, only three inches long. James F. Mccarty,, "Colombia offers unspoiled beauty for tourists after being unreachable for decades (photos)," 13 Feb. 2018 During public plant sales (such as the season finale this Saturday), the hummers occasionally dive-bomb customers who attempt to purchase plants the birds like best. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Why are hummingbirds flocking to UC Davis?," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of hummer

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hummer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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