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"Hum," remarked Uncle Peter, in a tone to be noticed for its extreme dryness.

He heard the hum and clang of an electric car off through a chestnut grove.

I don't quite think myself a lady-killer: by George, my—hum!

The Sunday landscape was very still, save for the hum of busy insect life.

The bystanders did, and a hum of curiosity circled round; who could they be?

Is it the part of a Christian not to—hum—not to try him again?'

Besides; if you are not filial, sir, if you discard that duty, you are at least—hum—not a Christian?

I shall repay the—hum—the advances I have had from you, sir, with peculiar pleasure.

We owe it as a duty to them and to ourselves, from this moment, not to let them—hum—not to let them do anything.'

I have—hum—no husband to propose at present, my dear: I have not even one in view.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., hommen "make a murmuring sound to cover embarrassment," later hummen "to buzz, drone" (early 15c.), probably of imitative origin. Sense of "sing with closed lips" is first attested late 15c.; that of "be busy and active" is 1884, perhaps on analogy of a beehive. Related: Hummed; humming. Humming-bird (1630s) so called from sound made by the rapid vibration of its wings.

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