hum vs humming what difference

what is difference between hum and humming

English

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhʌm/
  • Rhymes: -ʌm

Noun

hum (plural hums)

  1. A hummed tune, i.e. created orally with lips closed.
  2. An often indistinct sound resembling human humming.
  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.
    • you do provide me hum enough , And lour to bouse with
  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.

Translations

See also

The Hum on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Verb

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.
  2. (transitive) To express by humming.
  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
  5. (intransitive) To produce low sounds which blend continuously
  6. (Britain, slang) To reek, smell bad.
  7. (transitive, Britain, dated, slang) To flatter by approving; to cajole; to deceive or impose upon; to humbug.

Synonyms

  • bumble
  • bustle
  • hustle
  • buzz
  • croon
  • whir

Derived terms

  • hummer
  • hummingbird
  • humming-top

Related terms

  • humblebee

Translations

Interjection

hum

  1. Synonym of hmm: a noise indicating thought, consideration, &c.
  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.

Anagrams

  • HMU, MUH, muh, uhm

Albanian

Etymology

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

Noun

hum m (indefinite plural humi, definite singular huma)

  1. rough sea

Bahnar

Alternative forms

  • hŭm

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /huːm/

Verb

hum 

  1. to bathe

Dutch

Etymology 1

jocular abbreviation of humeur (cfr.)

Noun

hum n (plural hummen, diminutive hummetje n)

  1. (good) mood

Etymology 2

Onomatopoeia

Alternative forms

  • h’m

Interjection

hum!

  1. uttering to attract attention, without literal meaning

Jakaltek

Etymology

From Proto-Mayan *huuʼng.

Noun

hum

  1. paper

References

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

Middle English

Pronoun

hum

  1. Alternative form of hem (them)

Ngamo

Noun

hùm

  1. water

References

  • Takács, Gábor (2007) Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3, Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 201, →ISBN:
    [] 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], []

Phalura

Etymology

From Pashto [script needed] (hum).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /hum/

Particle

hum (discourse, Perso-Arabic spelling ہُم)

  1. also, as well as

References

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

Portuguese

Article

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

  1. Obsolete spelling of um

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology 1

From Proto-Slavic *xъlmъ.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /xûːm/

Noun

hȗm m (Cyrillic spelling ху̑м)

  1. hillock
  2. barrow, tumulus (mound of earth raised over a grave)
Declension
Synonyms
  • glàvica, brežúljak

Etymology 2

Unknown origin.

Noun

hum f (Cyrillic spelling хум)

  1. (obsolete) arrogance
Synonyms
  • ȍholōst

References

  • “hum” in Hrvatski jezični portal


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhʌmɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌmɪŋ

Etymology 1

From hum +‎ -ing.

Verb

humming

  1. present participle of hum

Etymology 2

From Middle English hummynge, equivalent to hum +‎ -ing.

Noun

humming (plural hummings)

  1. The sound of something that hums; a hum.
    • 1969, New York Magazine (volume 2, number 49, 8 December 1969, page 70)
      There are some contemporary additions to these scattered fragments from Shakespeare. Mostly they are songs; sometimes they are various screechings and hummings []

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