Definitions of hum

  1. To make a low, droning, murmuring sound; to mumble.
  2. To sing in a low tone; make a droning sound.
  3. To sing with shut mouth; to murmur without articulation; to mumble; as, to hum a tune.
  4. To express satisfaction with by humming.
  5. To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.
  6. To sing in a low undertone.
  7. To sing in a low tone:- pr. p. humming; pa. p. hummed.
  8. To sing without articulating.
  9. To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums.
  10. 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.
  11. To make an inarticulate sound, like h'm, through the nose in the process of speaking, from embarrassment or a affectation; to hem.
  12. To express satisfaction by a humming noise.
  13. To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, - a pathological condition.
  14. To make such a noise; to be in energetic motion or action; as, he made things hum.
  15. To make a buzzing sound like bees: to utter a low droning sound: to supply an interval in speaking by an audible sound.
  16. To make a droning sound.
  17. sing with closed lips; " She hummed a melody"
  18. To sing in a low voice.
  19. To utter sounds like bees; to sing in a low or under tone.
  20. Humming.
  21. A low monotonous noise, as of bees in flight, of a swiftly revolving top, of a wheel, or the like; a drone; a buzz.
  22. Any inarticulate and buzzing sound
  23. The confused noise of a crowd or of machinery, etc., heard at a distance; as, the hum of industry.
  24. A buzz or murmur, as of approbation.
  25. An imposition or hoax.
  26. The noise of bees and some other insects: any low, dull noise.
  27. A sound with a pause implying doubt.
  28. A buzzing or droning sound.
  29. A low inarticulate sound ( as of h'm).
  30. The noise of bees or other insects; any low dull droning sound; murmuring sound.
  31. The noise of bees or other insects; a low confused noise; formerly an expression of applause.
  32. An inarticulate nasal sound or murmur, like h'm, uttered by a speaker in pause from embarrassment, affectation, etc.
  33. A kind of strong drink formerly used.
  34. Ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.
  35. A sound with a pause implying hesitation or consideration.
  36. A sound with a pause, implying doubt and deliberation. Hum and haw, to hesitate to give decided answer.
  37. A sound implying doubt and hesitation.
  38. Hummed.
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