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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

When I feel comfortable, I just like to sing and hum, and I don't even know I'm doing it. But sometimes someone will come over to me like, 'I love that song you were singing, but it's distracting.'
Daisy Ridley

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

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

I was a really picky eater as a child. Because I was obsessed by Popeye, my mum and aunts would put my food in a can to represent spinach and we'd hum the Popeye tune and then I'd happily eat it.
Paul O'Grady
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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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