From Medieval Latin bombināre, present active infinitive of bombinō (“buzz, hum”), variant of Latin bombilō, from Ancient Greek βομβυλιάζειν (bombuliázein), from βόμβος (bómbos, “booming, humming”), of imitatory origin.
- to buzz or hum
- 1973: So full a ship, so close-packed a world, moving urgently along, surrounded by its own vacuum; each man bombinating in his own, no doubt. — Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise
buzz or hum