Definition of bombilate in English:



[no object]rare
  • Buzz; hum.

    • ‘Smoke, indeed, was pouring out of the dining room, and the gong was bombilating.’
    • ‘There is a fine echo about these words, which keeps bombilating round and round in the head with utter defiance of sense and progress.’
    • ‘The parish priest bombilated like a great bee.’
    • ‘I was exhausted and losing concentration but a few insects were bombilating in from the flight.’
    • ‘The front part of the house buzzed and bombilated with them, and a constant hum came from the rear.’
    hum, drone, bumble, whir, fizz, fuzz, hiss, sing, murmur, whisper
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Late 19th century: from medieval Latin bombilare ‘to buzz’, from Latin bombus ‘humming’ (see bomb).