'em

[uh m]

pronoun Informal.

them: Put 'em down there.

Nearby words

  1. 'appen,
  2. 'burbs,
  3. 'cause,
  4. 'cept,
  5. 'd,
  6. 'fro,
  7. 'gainst,
  8. 'hood,
  9. 'istrian,
  10. 'll

Origin of 'em

1350–1400; Middle English hem, Old English heom, dative and accusative plural of he1

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British Dictionary definitions for 'em

'em

pronoun

an informal variant of them
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Word Origin and History for 'em

'em

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.

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