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Hum vs. Bum

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Humnoun

A hummed tune, i.e. created orally with lips closed.

Bumnoun

The buttocks.

‘Okay, everyone sit on your bum and try and touch your toes.’;

Humnoun

An often indistinct sound resembling human humming.

‘They could hear a hum coming from the kitchen, and found the dishwasher on.’;

Bumnoun

The anus.

Humnoun

Busy activity, like the buzz of a beehive.

Bumnoun

A person.

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Humnoun

unpleasant odour.

Bumnoun

A homeless person, usually a man.

Humnoun

(dated) An imposition or hoax; humbug.

Bumnoun

A lazy, incompetent, or annoying person, usually a man.

‘Fred is becoming a bum - he's not even bothering to work more than once a month.’; ‘That mechanic's a bum - he couldn't fix a yo-yo.’; ‘That guy keeps interrupting the concert. Throw the bum out!’;

Humnoun

(obsolete) A kind of strong drink.

Bumnoun

A player or racer who often performs poorly.

‘Trade him to another team, he's a bum!’;

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Humnoun

A phenomenon, or collection of phenomena, involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people.

Bumnoun

(colloquial) A drinking spree.

Humverb

(intransitive) 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.’;

Bumnoun

(dated) A humming noise.

Humverb

(transitive) To express by humming.

‘to hum a tune’; ‘The team ominously hummed “We shall overcome” as they came back onto the field after the break.’;

Bumnoun

(obsolete) A bumbailiff.

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Humverb

(intransitive) To drone like certain insects naturally do in motion, or sounding similarly

Bumverb

To sodomize; to engage in anal sex.

Humverb

(intransitive) To buzz, be busily active like a beehive

‘The streets were humming with activity.’;

Bumverb

To ask someone to give one (something) for free; to beg for something.

‘Can I bum a cigarette off you?’;

Humverb

(intransitive) To produce low sounds which blend continuously

Bumverb

To stay idle and unproductive, like a hobo or vagabond; to loiter.

‘I think I'll just bum around downtown for awhile until dinner.’;

Humverb

To reek, smell bad.

‘This room really hums — have you ever tried spring cleaning, mate?’;

Bumverb

To wet the end of a marijuana cigarette (spliff).

Humverb

To flatter by approving; to cajole; to deceive or impose upon; to humbug.

Bumverb

To depress; to make unhappy.

Huminterjection

: a noise indicating thought, consideration, &c.

Bumverb

(intransitive) To make a murmuring or humming sound.

Huminterjection

: a noise indicating doubt, uncertainty, &c.

Buminterjection

(UK) An expression of annoyance.

Humverb

To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums.

‘Still humming on, their drowsy course they keep.’;

Bumadjective

Of poor quality or highly undesirable.

‘bum note’;

Humverb

To make a nasal sound, like that of the letter m prolonged, without opening the mouth, or articulating; to mumble in monotonous undertone; to drone.

‘The cloudy messenger turns me his back,And hums.’;

Bumadjective

Unfair.

‘bum deal’;

Humverb

To make an inarticulate sound, like h'm, through the nose in the process of speaking, from embarrassment or a affectation; to hem.

Bumadjective

Injured and without the possibility of full repair, defective.

‘I can't play football anymore on account of my bum knee.’;

Humverb

To express satisfaction by a humming noise.

‘Here the spectators hummed.’;

Bumadjective

Unpleasant.

‘He had a bum trip on that mescaline.’;

Humverb

To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, - a pathological condition.

Bumnoun

The buttock.

Humverb

To sing with shut mouth; to murmur without articulation; to mumble; as, to hum a tune.

Bumnoun

A humming noise.

Humverb

To express satisfaction with by humming.

Bumverb

To make murmuring or humming sound.

Humverb

To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.

Bumverb

To borrow without intention of returning; to cadge; as, to bum a cigarette; to bum a cup of coffee; - usually with inexpensive items as the object.

Humnoun

A low monotonous noise, as of bees in flight, of a swiftly revolving top, of a wheel, or the like; a drone; a buzz.

‘The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums.’;

Bumnoun

a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible;

‘only a rotter would do that’; ‘kill the rat’; ‘throw the bum out’; ‘you cowardly little pukes!’; ‘the British call a contemptible person a `git'’;

Humnoun

Any inarticulate and buzzing sound

‘But 'midst the crowd, the hum, the shock of men.’;

Bumnoun

a disreputable vagrant;

‘a homeless tramp’; ‘he tried to help the really down-and-out bums’;

Humnoun

A buzz or murmur, as of approbation.

Bumnoun

person who does no work;

‘a lazy bum’;

Humnoun

An imposition or hoax.

Bumnoun

the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on;

‘he deserves a good kick in the butt’; ‘are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?’;

Humnoun

An inarticulate nasal sound or murmur, like h'm, uttered by a speaker in pause from embarrassment, affectation, etc.

‘These shrugs, these hums and ha's.’;

Bumverb

ask for and get free; be a parasite

Humnoun

A kind of strong drink formerly used.

Bumverb

be lazy or idle;

‘Her son is just bumming around all day’;

Huminterjection

Ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.

Bumadjective

of very poor quality

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’;

Humnoun

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

Humnoun

a humming noise;

‘the hum of distant traffic’;

Humverb

sing with closed lips;

‘She hummed a melody’;

Humverb

be noisy with activity;

‘This office is buzzing with activity’;

Humverb

sound with a monotonous hum

Humverb

make a low continuous sound;

‘The refrigerator is humming’;

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