hummingly

humming

[huhm-ing]
adjective
1.
making a droning sound; buzzing.
2.
very busy; briskly active: a humming office.

Origin:
1570–80; hum + -ing2

hummingly, adverb
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Word Origin & History

hum
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. 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]
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hum (hŭm)
n.
A low, continuous murmur blended of many sounds.

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