One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
hum, drone, bumble, whir, fizz, fuzz, hiss, sing, murmur, whisperView synonyms
- ‘The front part of the house buzzed and bombilated with them, and a constant hum came from the rear.’
- ‘The parish priest bombilated like a great bee.’
- ‘I was exhausted and losing concentration but a few insects were bombilating in from the flight.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from medieval Latin bombilare ‘to buzz’, from Latin bombus ‘humming’ (see bomb).
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