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[uh, uhn] /ʌ, ʌ̃/
(used to indicate hesitation, doubt, or a pause).
Origin of uh
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Yes—uh—by all means—uh—" replied his Excellency with a pleasant smile.

    The Upper Berth Francis Marion Crawford
  • Anyhow it's uh fattestlookin grass I seen sence I lef Texas.

  • "uh, huh," said the preacher, and he began to hasten his steps homeward.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • uhuh—— I think perhaps we'd better not try to drive clear to Seattle.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • uh, you said—didn't Miss Boltwood tell me that you are going to Seattle, too?

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
Word Origin and History for uh

inarticulate sound, attested from c.1600; uh-huh, spoken affirmative (often ironic or non-committal) is recorded from 1904; negative uh-uh is attested from 1924.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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