from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To buzz; hum.

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  • v. to buzz or hum

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To hum; to boom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To buzz; make a buzzing sound; bombilate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a buzzing sound


Late Latin bombināre, bombināt-, variant of Latin bombilāre, from bombus, a rumbling, buzzing; see bomb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin bombināre, present active infinitive of bombinō ("buzz, hum"), variant of Latin bombilō, from Ancient Greek βομβυλιάζειν (bombuliázein), from βόμβος (bómbos, "booming, humming"), of imitatory origin. (Wiktionary)


  • Let them bombinate impotently forever, for all I care.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Like his co-workers he had been somewhat stampeded by Dorn's imitative faculties, faculties which enabled the former journalist to bombinate twice as loud in a void three times as great as any of his colleagues.

    Erik Dorn


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  • Bombinate gives me a buzz. However, to me, abombinate sounds repugnant.

    May 12, 2009

  • Whoa! Cool!

    May 11, 2009

  • "He is often drunk. His head hurts. Snatches of conversation, remembered precepts, prefigured cries of terror bombinate about his skull."
    - Elspeth Barker, 'Nobs and the rabble, all in the same boat', Independent, 22 September 1996.

    May 11, 2009

  • to buzz / hum / drone

    November 28, 2008

  • "It was Knockespotch," Mr. Scogan continued, "the great Knockespotch, who delivered us from the dreary tyranny of the realistic novel. My life, Knockespotch said, is not so long that I can afford to spend precious hours writing or reading descriptions of middle-class interiors. He said again, 'I am tired of seeing the human mind bogged in a social plenum; I prefer to paint it in a vacuum, freely and sportively bombinating.'"

    - Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow

    March 29, 2008