One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘we heard a plane droning overhead’
hum, buzz, whir, vibrate, murmur, rumble, purr, hiss, whisper, sigh
2‘the president droned on about right and wrong’
speak boringly, speak monotonously, go on and on, talk interminably
informal spout, sound off, jaw, spiel, speechify, preachify
1‘the drone of aircraft taking off’
hum, buzz, whir, whirring, vibration, murmur, murmuring, purr, purring, hiss, hissing, whisper, whispering, sigh
2‘students came to be regarded as drones supported by taxpayers' money’
hanger-on, parasite, leech, passenger
idler, loafer, layabout, lounger, good-for-nothing, do-nothing, sluggard, laggard
informal lazybones, scrounger, sponger, cadger, freeloader, bloodsucker, waster, skiver, slacker
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