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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HUMSTRUM, n. A fit of sulks or petulance, a sullen mood (Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems Gl.). Also attrib. See Strum.Ags. 1880 J. Lee Montrose Characters 75:
Waiting for customers, in a humstrum mood.

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