Whine vs Hum - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between whine and hum
is that whine
is a long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound while hum
is twilight, dusk.
As a verb whine
is to utter a high-pitched cry.
a long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound
, date=June 26
, author=Genevieve Koski
, title=Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe
, work=The Onion AV Club
, passage=The 18-year-old Bieber can’t quite pull off the “adult” thing just yet: His voice may have dropped a bit since the days of “Baby,” but it still mostly registers as “angelic,” and veers toward a pubescent whine
at times. }}
a complaint or criticism
To utter a high-pitched cry.
To make a sound resembling such a cry.
To complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine.
To move with a whining sound.
- The jet engines whined at take off.
To utter with the sound of a whine.
- The jet whined into the air.
- The child whined all his complaints.
- Kelly Queen was whining that the boss made him put on his tie.
* See also
A hummed tune, i.e. created orally with lips closed.
An often indistinct sound resembling human humming.
- They could hear a hum coming from the kitchen, and found the dishwasher on.
Busy activity, like the buzz of a beehive.
(UK, slang) unpleasant odour.
(dated) An imposition or hoax; humbug.
(obsolete) A kind of strong drink.
- the shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums
- (Beaumont and Fletcher)
To make a sound from the vocal chords without pronouncing any real words, with one's lips closed.
To express by humming.
- We are humming happily along with the music.
- to hum a tune
To drone like certain insects naturally do in motion, or sounding similarly
* 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 2
- ''The hazers ominously hummed "We shall overcome" while they paddled the unruly pledges
To buzz, be busily active like a beehive
- A slight gloom fell upon the table. Jacob was helping himself to jam; the postman was talking to Rebecca in the kitchen; there was a bee humming at the yellow flower which nodded at the open window.
To produce low sounds which blend continuously
(British) To reek, smell bad.
- 'The streets were humming with activity.''
(British) To deceive, or impose on one by some story or device.
(transitive, dated, slang) To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.
- This room really hums — have you ever tried spring cleaning, mate?
hmm; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.
- (Alexander Pope)