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[hmm] /hmm/
(used typically to express thoughtful absorption, hesitation, doubt, or perplexity.) Unabridged
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  • hmm—does our law judge a man without giving him a fair hearing?

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • hmm, I'd take your donkey an' give back considerable to boot.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • hmm—he might, although a foreigner, be forced to take a journey to Siberia.

    Prince Zilah, Complete Jules Claretie
  • hmm, it's not as fragrant as might be; that is, Not before it's smeared.

    Lysistrata Aristophanes
  • "hmm," Rupert murmured, more interested in his letter than in the conversation.

    Ralestone Luck Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for hmm


a sound made when considering or puzzling over something


/spelling pron hmmm/
used to indicate hesitation, doubt, assent, pleasure, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hmm

representative of a sound made during contemplation or showing mild disapproval, attested from 1868, but this is probably a variation of the hum attested in similar senses from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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