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hum

hum

 
pronunciation:
huhm
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun, interjection
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: hummed, humming, hums
definition 1: to vibrate with a continuous low sound; drone.
synonyms:
drone
similar words:
buzz, murmur, purr, ring, vibrate, whir
definition 2: to sound the tones of a song without opening one's lips.
similar words:
sing
definition 3: to be productively or efficiently busy, as a factory or other business.
similar words:
bustle, buzz, jump, stir
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to sound (a tune) by humming.
similar words:
sing
definition 2: to transport (someone) with humming.
He hummed the baby into a sound sleep.
similar words:
croon, lull
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part of speech: noun
definition: the sound or act of humming.
similar words:
buzz, drone, monotone, murmur, purr, thrum, vibration, whir
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part of speech: interjection
definition: a short humlike sound (used to express momentary thoughtfulness, mild surprise, doubt, or the like).
synonyms:
huh, uh
similar words:
ah, oh, well, wow
derivation: hummer (n.)
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