hum

hum(
huhm
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to sing with a closed mouth)
a. tararear
Anybody can hum, but whistling is much more difficult.Cualquier persona puede tararear, pero silbar es mucho más difícil.
Could you please stop humming? You're making me lose my concentration.¿Puedes dejar de tararear? Me estás desconcentrando.
b. canturrear
Whenever you hum, I know that you're up to no good.Cuando canturreas, sé que no estás haciendo nada bueno.
2. (to make noise)
a. zumbar
When a bee hums, the sound actually comes from its rapidly beating wings.Cuando una abeja zumba, el sonido realmente viene de su rápido batir de alas.
3. (to be busy)
a. bullir
The bazaar, full of buyers and sellers, hummed with activity.El bazar, lleno de compradores y vendedores, bullía de actividad.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to have a bad smell) (United Kingdom)
a. apestar
Can you take the garbage out? It really hums.¿Puedes sacar la basura? Apesta de verdad.
b. oler mal
Put the food in the fridge or it'll rot and hum.Pon la comida en el refrigerador o se pudrirá y olerá mal.
c. cantar
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
You really shouldn't be working today. You hum of whiskey.No deberías estar trabajando hoy, cantas a whisky.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
5. (to sing with a closed mouth)
a. tararear
What's that melody you're humming?¿Cuál es esa melodía que estás tarareando?
b. canturrear
He hummed the song when he couldn't remember the words.Canturreó la canción cuando no pudo recordar la letra.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
6. (indistinct noise)
a. el zumbido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
The hum of the refrigerator was louder than ever, so we called the repairman.El zumbido del refrigerador nunca había sido tan fuerte, así que llamamos al técnico.
b. el murmullo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
We could barely hear the speech over the hum of the crowd.Apenas podíamos oír el discurso con el murmullo de la multitud.
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hum
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (general)
a. el zumbido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (tune)
a. tararear, canturrear
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (make noise; person)
a. tararear
4. (insect, engine)
a. zumbar
to hum and hawtitubear, vacilar
to hum with activitybullir de actividad
5. (colloquial) (United Kingdom)
a. apestar (smell)
hum [hʌm]
noun
(gen) (Electricity and Electronics) zumbido (m); [of voices] murmullo (m);
transitive verb
[+tune] canturrear; tararear
intransitive verb
1 [+insect, wire] zumbar; [+person] canturrear; tararear una canción
2 (be busy) bullir; hervir
the market place was humming el mercado era un hervidero (de actividad); el mercado bullía or hervía de actividad; to make things hum hacer que la cosa marche (informal); to hum with activity bullir de actividad
3 (smell) oler mal
4
to hum and haw vacilar
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