Synonyms of hum in English:

hum


See definition of hum

verb

1‘the engine was humming and ready to go’

SYNONYMS

purr, whir, throb, vibrate, murmur, buzz, thrum, drone

literary susurrate, bombinate

2‘humming a tune’

SYNONYMS

sing, croon, murmur, drone

3‘the repair shops are humming as the tradesmen set about their various tasks’

SYNONYMS

be busy, be active, be lively, buzz, bustle, be bustling, be a hive of activity, throb, vibrate, pulsate, pulse

ANTONYMS

be quiet

4‘when the wind drops this stuff really hums’

SYNONYMS

smell, stink, stink to high heaven, reek, have a bad smell, be malodorous

pong


noun

1‘a low hum of conversation’

SYNONYMS

murmur, murmuring, drone, droning, vibration, purr, purring, buzz, buzzing, whir, whirring, throb, throbbing, thrum, thrumming

literary susurration, susurrus, bombination


Phrases

    hum and haw

      ‘they waste a lot of time humming and hawing before going into action’

      SYNONYMS

      be indecisive, hesitate, dither, vacillate, procrastinate, equivocate, prevaricate, waver, falter, fluctuate

      haver

      Scottish

      swither

      informal

      shilly-shally, dilly-dally, blow hot and cold, pussyfoot around

      archaic, literary

      tarry

      ANTONYMS

      be decisive