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Definition of Hum


  1. To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums.
  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.
  3. To make an inarticulate sound, like h'm, through the nose in the process of speaking, from embarrassment or a affectation; to hem.
  4. To express satisfaction by a humming noise.
  5. To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, -- a pathological condition.
  6. To sing with shut mouth; to murmur without articulation; to mumble; as, to hum a tune.
  7. To express satisfaction with by humming.
  8. To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.
  9. A low monotonous noise, as of bees in flight, of a swiftly revolving top, of a wheel, or the like; a drone; a buzz.
  10. Any inarticulate and buzzing sound
  11. The confused noise of a crowd or of machinery, etc., heard at a distance; as, the hum of industry.
  12. A buzz or murmur, as of approbation.
  13. An imposition or hoax.
  14. An inarticulate nasal sound or murmur, like h'm, uttered by a speaker in pause from embarrassment, affectation, etc.
  15. A kind of strong drink formerly used.
  16. Ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.

Hum Quotations

A melody is not merely something you can hum.
Aaron Copland

You can't even imagine how it felt to have a cassette that you could take with you with a microphone so you could put down an idea and not have to hum it a million times to remember what it was.
Robert Plant

Sometimes when people can't speak English, they hum the melody instead of singing along. Having 20,000 people humming your song is incredible.
Nikki Sixx

I heard stories from my mother's mother who was an American Indian. She was spiritual, although she did not go to church, but she had the hum. She used to tell me stories of the rivers.
Tina Turner

When I'm sitting in the church alone, I can hear singing of the old people. I can hear their singing and I can hear their praying, and sometimes I hum one of their songs.
Ernest Gaines
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Hum Translations

hum in Dutch is snorren, gonzen, razen, brommen
hum in Finnish is surista
hum in French is ronronner, bourdonner
hum in German is brummen, summen, Brummer
hum in Norwegian is summe, nynne
hum in Spanish is zumbido
hum in Swedish is gnola, surr, surra, surra
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