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Nov 30, 2021
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bombinate

bombinate
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bombinate

PRONUNCIATION:
(BOM-buh-nayt)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To buzz or hum.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin bombinare, from bombilare (to hum, buzz), from Latin bombus (humming), from Greek bombos (booming, humming). Earliest documented use: 1880. A perfect synonym is bombilate.

USAGE:
“He hummed a ditty to himself and realized he could bombinate twice as loud in a void thrice as great as his head.”
Nidhi Singh; In Perpetual Dread of Happiness; Bards and Sages Quarterly (Bellmawr, New Jersey); Apr 2017.

See more usage examples of bombinate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If a man would register all his opinions upon love, politics, religion, learning, etc., beginning from his youth and so go on to old age, what a bundle of inconsistencies and contradictions would appear at last! -Jonathan Swift, satirist (30 Nov 1667-1745)

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