Hum meaning

hŭm
To be in a state of busy activity.
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The definition of a hum is a low, steady sound.

The quiet whirring of a fan in the background is an example of a hum.

The small, steady noise your speakers make when your amp is acting up is an example of a hum.

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The act of humming.
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To produce a tune without opening the lips or forming words.
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To emit the continuous droning sound of a bee on the wing; buzz.
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To give forth a low continuous drone blended of many sounds.

The avenue hummed with traffic.

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To sing (a tune) without opening the lips or forming words.
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To throw or pitch (a ball) very fast.
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The sound produced by humming.
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Used to indicate hesitation, surprise, or displeasure.
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To make a low, continuous, murmuring sound like that of a bee or a motor.
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To sing with the lips closed, not producing words.
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To give forth a confused, droning sound.

A room humming with voices.

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To be busy or full of activity.
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To sing (a tune, etc.) with the lips closed.
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To produce an effect on by humming.

To hum a child to sleep.

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The act of humming.
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A continuous, murmuring sound.
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A hummed tune, i.e. created orally with lips closed.
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An often indistinct sound resembling human humming.

They could hear a hum coming from the kitchen, and found the dishwasher on.

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Busy activity, like the buzz of a beehive.
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(UK, slang) Unpleasant odour.
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(dated) An imposition or hoax; humbug.
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(intransitive) To make a sound from the vocal chords without pronouncing any real words, with one's lips closed.

We are humming happily along with the music.

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To express by humming.

To hum a tune.

The hazers ominously hummed "We shall overcome" while they paddled the unruly pledges.

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(intransitive) To drone like certain insects naturally do in motion, or sounding similarly.
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(intransitive) To buzz, be busily active like a beehive.

'The streets were humming with activity.

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(intransitive) To produce low sounds which blend continuously.
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(UK) To reek, smell bad.

This room really hums — have you ever tried spring cleaning, mate?

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(UK) To deceive, or impose on one by some story or device.
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(dated, slang) To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.
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Hmm; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.

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Hum is defined as to make a low, steady sound like a motor, to be busy, or to sing with closed lips.

When a fan whirs quietly in the background, this is an example of when the fan hums.

When a cafeteria has a low, steady sound of chatter, this is an example of when the cafeteria hums.

When you make "hmmm.... hmmmm... hmmmm" sounds to the beat of a song, singing without opening your lips, this is an example of when you hum.

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To emit a continuous low droning sound like that of the speech sound (m) when prolonged.
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Origin of hum

From Old English hommen "make a murmuring sound to cover embarrassment," later (medieval English) hummen "to buzz, drone" (c.1420); akin to (medieval and modern) Dutch hommel 'humblebee', medieval German hummen 'to hum', probably ultimately of imitative origin