- Buzz; hum.
“My porch light has been bombinating and flickering, so I must change it.”
“The bombinating drone of the mosquitoes at dusk forced us inside.”
“Wait for the bombinating sound of the saw to completely stop before you enter the garage.”
Latin, late 19th century
Why this word?
“Bombinate” is a verb meaning “buzz or hum,” but it’s mostly used in its adjective form, “bombinating,” as in, “The wasp’s nest gave off a bombinating alarm.” From medieval Latin, the word “bombinare” means “buzzing,” but the root can be traced back to the Latin “bombus,” meaning “humming.” You can also use the noun form, “bombination,” to describe a persistent buzzing sound.
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