hum

I.
/hʌm / (say hum)

verb (hummed, humming)
verb (i)
1. to make a low, continuous, droning sound.
2. to give forth an indistinct sound of mingled voices or noises.
3. to utter an indistinct sound in hesitation, doubt, embarrassment, dissatisfaction, etc., or to attract attention; hem.
4. to sing with closed lips, without articulating words.
5. to be in a state of busy activity: to make things hum.
6. Colloquial to smell strongly, especially disagreeably.
verb (t)
7. to sound, sing, or utter by humming.
8. to bring, put, etc., by humming: to hum a child to sleep.
noun
9. the act or sound of humming; an inarticulate or indistinct murmur.
10. the background noise in an audio system.
interjection
11. (an inarticulate sound resembling a slight clearing of the throat, uttered to express hesitation, doubt, dissatisfaction, etc., or to attract attention.)
phrase
12. hum and haw (or ha),
a. to make an inarticulate utterance or murmur as a sign of hesitation, doubt, etc.
b. to avoid giving a direct answer or making a decision, etc.
{Middle English humme; imitative. Compare humblebee}
II.
[c]/hʌm / (say hum) Colloquial

noun
1. a person who persistently cadges or scrounges.
verb (t) (hummed, humming)
2. to cadge.
phrase
3. hum for, to seek to cadge.
4. on the hum, cadging.
{shortened form of humbug}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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