Origin of em
- them: Put 'em down there.
Origin of 'em
- variant of en-1 before b, p, and sometimes m: embalm.
- variant of en-2 before b, m, p, ph: embolism, emphasis.
- Earl Marshal.
- Engineer of Mines.
Examples from the Web for em
If only Tupac was alive to see one of our finest actresses shakin’ what her mama gave her to “Hit ‘Em Up.”Oscar Season Kicks Off in Toronto: Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, and More Court Awards Glory
September 14, 2014
I do feel for ‘em, but you can’t take some down here and there.The Movie Nudity Maestro: Jim McBride on 15 Years of Mr. Skin and That Scarlett Johansson Scene
August 9, 2014
You’d get in a fight with somebody at a bar and it was totally cool to walk out and shoot ‘em.Michael C. Hall on Where ‘Dexter’ Went Wrong and His New Killer Role in ‘Cold in July’
May 23, 2014
You tell ‘em this in New York: Not never no cover at Benny’s!The Cradle of Jazz, Blues and Gospel Endlessly Rocking
April 25, 2014
See, once she had it done to her,” the old woman said, “he didn’t like ‘em but that one time.How ‘True Detective’ Will End
March 3, 2014
I didnt see any mention of em in your report of last nights proceedings.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
We'll keep to ourselves and pay no attention to em no more'n if they wa'n't there.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
I had my fingers in his pocket, and he clapped his hand on em, and catched me!The Rambles of a Rat
A. L. O. E.
Then one of em replyd, Governor, you are a Lyar, and guilty of that Infamy.The Works of Aphra Behn
Before Em left town he and she had been engaged "on approval."In a Little Town
- Also called: mutton, mut the square of a body of any size of type, used as a unit of measurement
- Also called: pica em, pica a unit of measurement used in printing, equal to one sixth of an inch
- an informal variant of them
Word Origin and History for em
representing Latin ex- assimilated to following -m- (see ex-).
from French assimilation of en- to following labial (see en- (1)). Also a prefix used to form verbs from adjectives and nouns.
Middle English, now taken as a colloquial abbreviation of them, but originally a form of hem, dative and accusative of the third person plural pronoun.
- electron microscope
- Variant ofen-