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Synonyms for hum

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  1. humverb

    buzz, whir, bumble, hustle, bustle, croon

  2. humverb

    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.

    bustle, buzz, hustle, whir, croon, bumble

  3. humverb

    An often indistinct sound resembling human humming.

    They could hear a hum coming from the kitchen, and found the washing machine on.

    buzz, hustle, croon, whir, bustle, bumble

  4. humverb

    Busy activity, like a beehive's buzz

    croon, bumble, buzz, whir, bustle, hustle

  5. humverb

    To buzz, be busily active like a beehive

    'The streets were humming with activity.

    hustle, whir, croon, buzz, bustle, bumble

  6. humverb

    To produce a low sounds which blend continuously

    bumble, bustle, hustle, whir, croon, buzz

  7. humverb

    To reek, smell bad.

    This room really hums have you ever tried spring cleaning, mate?

    bustle, hustle, whir, buzz, bumble, croon

  8. humverb

    To deceive, or impose on one by some story or device.

    buzz, whir, hustle, bumble, bustle, croon

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. hum

    To sing is primarily and ordinarily to utter a succession of articulate musical sounds with the human voice. The word has come to include any succession of musical sounds; we say the bird or the rivulet sings; we speak of "the singing quality" of an instrument, and by still wider extension of meaning we say the teakettle or the cricket sings. To chant is to sing in solemn and somewhat uniform cadence; chant is ordinarily applied to non-metrical religious compositions. To carol is to sing joyously, and to warble (kindred with whirl) is to sing with trills or quavers, usually also with the idea of joy. Carol and warble are especially applied to the singing of birds. To chirp is to utter a brief musical sound, perhaps often repeated in the same key, as by certain small birds, insects, etc. To chirrup is to utter a somewhat similar sound; the word is often used of a brief, sharp sound uttered as a signal to animate or rouse a horse or other animal. To hum is to utter murmuring sounds with somewhat monotonous musical cadence, usually with closed lips; we speak also of the hum of machinery, etc.

    carol, chant, chirp, chirrup, sing, warble

Princeton's WordNet

  1. busyness, humnoun

    the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity

    "they manifested all the busyness of a pack of beavers"; "there is a constant hum of military preparation"

    busyness, humming

  2. Harkat-ul-Mujahidin, HUM, Harkat ul-Ansar, HUA, Harkat ul-Mujahedeen, Al Faran, Movement of Holy Warriorsnoun

    an Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan that fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s; now operates as a terrorist organization primarily in Kashmir and seeks Kashmir's accession by Pakistan

    busyness, humming

  3. hum, hummingverb

    a humming noise

    "the hum of distant traffic"

    busyness, humming

  4. humverb

    sing with closed lips

    "She hummed a melody"

    seethe, thrum, buzz

  5. hum, buzz, seetheverb

    be noisy with activity

    "This office is buzzing with activity"

    roll, thrum, boil, seethe, bombinate, bombilate, buzz

  6. hum, thrumverb

    sound with a monotonous hum

    drum, seethe, thrum, buzz, strum, beat

  7. humverb

    make a low continuous sound

    "The refrigerator is humming"

    seethe, thrum, buzz

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. humverb

    buzz, make a buzzing sound

  2. humverb

    sing (in a low voice)

  3. humnoun

    buzz, buzzing sound

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. humnoun

    drone, murmur, buzz, bombination, croon

  2. humverb

    drone, murmur, buzz, bombinate, croon

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "hum":

    um, hmm, purr, humming, uh, snoring, hm, hom, ahem

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How to use hum in a sentence?

  1. Christina Koch:

    Oh, how I miss the wind on my face, the feeling of raindrops, sand on my feet and the sound of the surf crashing on the Galveston beach, we take daily sensory inputs for granted until they are absent. The environmental inputs on the space station consist mostly of the constant hum of the ventilation system. It stirs the air, allowing the purification system to scrub and clean our atmosphere so it's breathable. While some places on the space station are as loud as a lawn mower, others are as quiet as the vacuum of space. I can not wait to feel and hear Earth again.

  2. Steven Rauch:

    You hum - if you hear your own voice amplified in the blocked ear, there’s nothing to worry about, it’s probably ear wax or fluid, if you hear your voice amplified in the good ear, that’s an emergency.

  3. Olivia Wilde:

    It is constant, I find that quite energizing, the relentless asking and answering of questions, leaves you buzzing. And then of course, you face plan when you get home. But it’s a different kind of exhaustion...That’s one of the reasons that I really prefer directing, because I think that the constant hum of intensity and energy lights me up.

  4. Jeff Jonas:

    Even after today's drop, I don't think people are totally ruling out Aetna Inc and Humana Inc -LRB- HUM.N -RRB-.

  5. Brittany Mann:

    We were just sitting there and then one by one people started to stand, at first, it started out as a hum but the sound got louder and louder.

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