Hum (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hummed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Humming (?).] [Of imitative origin; cf. G. hummen, D. hommelen. &root;15.]


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.

Still humming on, their drowsy course they keep. Pope.


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.

The cloudy messenger turns me his back, And hums. Shak.

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.


To express satisfaction by a humming noise.

Here the spectators hummed. Trial of the Regicides.

⇒ Formerly the habit of audiences was to express gratification by humming and displeasure by hissing.


To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, -- a pathological condition.


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Hum, v. t.


To sing with shut mouth; to murmur without articulation; to mumble; as, to hum a tune.


To express satisfaction with by humming.


To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.

[Colloq. & Low]


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Hum, n.


A low monotonous noise, as of bees in flight, of a swiftly revolving top, of a wheel, or the like; a drone; a buzz.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums. Shak.


Any inarticulate and buzzing sound

; as: (a)

The confused noise of a crowd or of machinery, etc., heard at a distance; as, the hum of industry.

But 'midst the crowd, the hum, the shock of men. Byron.


A buzz or murmur, as of approbation




An imposition or hoax.

4. [Cf. Hem, interj.]

An inarticulate nasal sound or murmur, like h'm, uttered by a speaker in pause from embarrassment, affectation, etc.

THese shrugs, these hums and ha's. Shak.

5. [Perh. so called because strongly intoxicating.]

A kind of strong drink formerly used.


Beau. & Fl.

Venous hum. See under Venous.


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Hum, interj. [Cf. Hem, interj.]

Ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.



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