Definition of bombinate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbämbəˌnāt/ /ˈbɑmbəˌneɪt/

intransitive verb

[no object]literary
  • Buzz; hum.

    as adjective bombinating ‘her head had become a bombinating vacuum’
    • ‘Our dog has become good with horses; she tucks herself out of the way and lies down and doesn't bombinate around getting underfoot.’
    • ‘It would help us to gauge the probability of finding life elsewhere instead of bombinating in a vacuum of data, caught between inevitability and uniqueness.’
    • ‘He has bombinated about his career in the Big Leagues twice, in The Umpire Strikes Back and Strike Two.’
    • ‘Snatches of conversation, remembered precepts, and prefigured cries of terror bombinate about his skull.’
    • ‘‘Many professional historians, bombinating in their airless circles, tend to ignore or dismiss Churchill the historian’.’
    hum, drone, bumble, whir, fizz, fuzz, hiss, sing, murmur, whisper


Late 19th century from medieval Latin bombinare, bombinat- ‘buzz’, from Latin bombus ‘humming’ (see bomb).