Hum Hum (h[u^]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hummed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Humming}.] [Of imitative origin; cf. G. hummen, D. hommelen. [root]15.] 1. To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums. --P. Fletcher. [1913 Webster]

Still humming on, their drowsy course they keep. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To make a nasal sound, like that of the letter m prolonged, without opening the mouth, or articulating; to mumble in monotonous undertone; to drone. [1913 Webster]

The cloudy messenger turns me his back, And hums. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. [Cf. {Hum}, interj.] To make an inarticulate sound, like h'm, through the nose in the process of speaking, from embarrassment or a affectation; to hem. [1913 Webster]

4. To express satisfaction by a humming noise. [1913 Webster]

Here the spectators hummed. --Trial of the Regicides. [1913 Webster]

Note: Formerly the habit of audiences was to express gratification by humming and displeasure by hissing. [1913 Webster]

5. To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, -- a pathological condition. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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