ahem

[ pronounced with a small scraping sound accompanied or followed by a nasal; spelling pronunciation uh-hem, hem ]
/ pronounced with a small scraping sound accompanied or followed by a nasal; spelling pronunciation əˈhɛm, hɛm /

interjection

(an utterance similar to the sound of clearing one's throat, used to attract attention, express doubt or a mild warning, etc.)

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ahem
/ (əˈhɛm) /

interjection

a clearing of the throat, used to attract attention, express doubt, etc
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