Definition of humming top in English:

humming top


  • A children's top which makes a humming noise as it spins.

    • ‘At the beginning of Victoria's reign these were predominantly wooden and included dolls, dolls’ furniture, horses, carts, skipping ropes, spinning and humming tops.’
    • ‘Try making a second humming top and insert a hole in it, and it'll give you a different humming sound.’
    • ‘The Maori in New Zealand have used humming tops, with specially-crafted holes, in mourning ceremonies.’
    • ‘From humming tops, trains, and trolleys to mechanical animals on wheels and figures pulling carts (pull toys), tinplate toys were made in amazing variety.’
    • ‘The shop offers a wide selection of humming tops, cloth figurine sets, wooden trains and perfectly engineered German toys.’