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um

or umm

[uhm, uhn, uh m, uh n] /ʌm, ʌ̃, əm, ə̃/
interjection
1.
(used as an expression of doubt, hesitation, deliberation, interest, etc.)
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  • De men run in de gate, and de last man bang um to and bolt um.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • "um," he replied, for want of something better, and walked on.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Caesar no understand den what um mean, but um say—‘What’s dat, you lubber?

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • Stay, though—was it not something to do with a thunder-storm and—um—what was it?

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
  • um, Grainger gave an inarticulate grunt, just about what hes fit for, isnt it?

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for um

um1

/ʌm; əm/
interjection
1.
a representation of a common sound made when hesitating in speech

um2

abbreviation
1.
US Minor Outlying Islands
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Word Origin and History for um

a sound denoting hesitation, 1670s.

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