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[uhm, uhn, uh m, uh n] /ʌm, ʌ̃, əm, ə̃/
(used as an expression of doubt, hesitation, deliberation, interest, etc.) Unabridged
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  • Them ribbons don't keep her f'um rockin'; she's all through!

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • "um," grunted the depot master, knocking the ashes from his cigar.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • So fair a lady is meant for another kind of, um, never mind!

    The Valor of Cappen Varra Poul William Anderson
  • "um," said the other man, as the tail-lights of the train grew small.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • um—a—oh—this new man we hear of—Monsieur Kashkine, of Moscow.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
British Dictionary definitions for um


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


US Minor Outlying Islands
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for um

a sound denoting hesitation, 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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