One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of four-wheel-drive all-terrain military vehicle, or a similar vehicle intended for civilian use.
- ‘The Hummer stopped next to another dark green Jeep facing the cave mouth, and gave a quick salutatory beep.’
- ‘The Hummers were backed out of the cargo hold and meticulously checked over.’
- ‘Along with the troops, we can deliver trucks, their Hummers, tanks, weapons, supplies.’
- ‘Then two Hummers pulled up and discharged the no-nonsense secret service detail.’
- ‘And, with global warming only getting worse, with us fighting wars over oil, etc., they should be stepping up production of greener vehicles, not making bigger SUVs and the hated Hummers.’
1980s: from Humvee + -er.
- ‘Demanding, but charming, the hummers would not be denied.’
- ‘The giddy rush of buying a hummer of an album makes me happy.’
- ‘Singer-songwriters, sensitive poets, hummers and strummers, whatever you call them, they are the backbone of any folk festival.’
- ‘Gallant is also not afraid to spread his wings outside the usual hummer and strummer box.’
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