See also: Hum, húm, and hùm

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English hummen (to hum, buzz, drone, make a murmuring sound to cover embarrassment); akin to Dutch hommelen (to bumble, buzz), dialectal Dutch hommen (to buzz, hum), Middle High German hummen (to hum), probably ultimately of imitative origin.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈhʌm/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌm

NounEdit

hum (plural hums)

  1. A hummed tune, i.e. created orally with lips closed.
  2. An often indistinct sound resembling human humming.
    They could hear a hum coming from the kitchen, and found the dishwasher on.
  3. Busy activity, like the buzz of a beehive.
  4. (Britain, slang) unpleasant odour.
  5. (dated) An imposition or hoax; humbug.
  6. (obsolete) A kind of strong drink.
  7. A phenomenon, or collection of phenomena, involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people.

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See alsoEdit

  The Hum on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

VerbEdit

hum (third-person singular simple present hums, present participle humming, simple past and past participle hummed)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) To express by humming.
    to hum a tune
    The team ominously hummed “We shall overcome” as they came back onto the field after the break.
  3. (intransitive) To drone like certain insects naturally do in motion, or sounding similarly
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 2
      A slight gloom fell upon the table. Jacob was helping himself to jam; the postman was talking to Rebecca in the kitchen; there was a bee humming at the yellow flower which nodded at the open window.
  4. (intransitive) To buzz, be busily active like a beehive
    The streets were humming with activity.
  5. (intransitive) To produce low sounds which blend continuously
  6. (Britain, slang) To reek, smell bad.
    This room really hums — have you ever tried spring cleaning, mate?
  7. (transitive, Britain, dated, slang) To flatter by approving; to cajole; to deceive or impose upon; to humbug.

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InterjectionEdit

hum

  1. Synonym of hmm: a noise indicating thought, consideration, &c.
    • 1890, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of the Four:
      “'Hum!' said he. 'A fifth share! That is not very tempting.'
      “'It would come to fifty thousand apiece,' said I.
  2. Synonym of um: a noise indicating doubt, uncertainty, &c.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 27:
      Ah, now, this is why we must proceed with great circumspection. They were both, hum, “put out” themselves.

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AlbanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Unknown. Maybe from Proto-Indo-European *skew- (to cover, conceal).

NounEdit

hum m (indefinite plural humi, definite singular huma)

  1. rough sea

BahnarEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Bahnaric *huːm ~ hoːm, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *huum ~ *ʔum. Cognate with Sedang huam, Cua tahoːp, Pacoh houm, Puoc ʔuːm, Nyah Kur hóom. Probably also related to the forms with initial *s-, such as Khasi sum and Hu θúm.

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hum 

  1. to bathe

DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

jocular abbreviation of humeur (cfr.)

NounEdit

hum n (plural hummen, diminutive hummetje n)

  1. (good) mood

Etymology 2Edit

Onomatopoeia

Alternative formsEdit

InterjectionEdit

hum!

  1. uttering to attract attention, without literal meaning

JakaltekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Mayan *huuʼng.

NounEdit

hum

  1. paper

ReferencesEdit

  • Church, Clarence; Church, Katherine (1955) Vocabulario castellano-jacalteco, jacalteco-castellano[1] (in Spanish), Guatemala C. A.: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, pages 45; 23

Middle EnglishEdit

PronounEdit

hum

  1. Alternative form of hem (them)

NgamoEdit

NounEdit

hùm

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Takács, Gábor (2007) Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3, Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 201:
    [] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
    (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [] Ngamo hùm [Schuh], []

PhaluraEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Pashto [script needed] (hum).

PronunciationEdit

ParticleEdit

hum (discourse, Perso-Arabic spelling ہُم)

  1. also, as well as

ReferencesEdit

  • Liljegren, Henrik; Haider, Naseem (2011) Palula Vocabulary (FLI Language and Culture Series; 7)‎[2], Islamabad, Pakistan: Forum for Language Initiatives, →ISBN

PortugueseEdit

ArticleEdit

hum m (plural huns, feminine huma, feminine plural humas)

  1. Obsolete spelling of um

Serbo-CroatianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Slavic *xъlmъ.

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hȗm m (Cyrillic spelling ху̑м)

  1. hillock
  2. barrow, tumulus (mound of earth raised over a grave)
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Etymology 2Edit

Unknown origin.

NounEdit

hum f (Cyrillic spelling хум)

  1. (obsolete) arrogance
SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • hum” in Hrvatski jezični portal