They did not speak; one, only, now and then hummed a sort of tune.
It whirled, hummed in the air, and then cracked on the shoulders of Andrew.
When she ended and approached him, he shut his eyes and hummed the final bars.
"I'm twenty-one and she's eighteen," hummed the ward under its breath.
Throughout the first day it rang incessantly, until she could have hummed the haunting melody of it.
Gervaise, with her head spinning from too much drink, hummed the refrain with him.
Two or three of them hummed doleful songs, as if they were thinking of homes to which they could not go.
He looked out of the window, hummed a tune, and then added: "Let's see, what did you say your name was?"
The dark shape of a sandcar drew up over a dune and hummed to a stop.
Phyllis looked around the dining-room and hummed contentedly.
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.
There is a curious bird to see to, called a humming bird, no bigger then a great Beetle. [Thomas Morton, "New English Canaan," 1637]
mid-15c., from hum (v.).
A low, continuous murmur blended of many sounds.