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.)

Nearby words

  1. ahe,
  2. ahead,
  3. ahead of one's time,
  4. ahead of the game,
  5. ahead of time,
  6. ahemeral,
  7. ahern,
  8. ahf,
  9. ahg,
  10. ahha

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British Dictionary definitions for ahem

ahem

/ (əˈhɛm) /

interjection

a clearing of the throat, used to attract attention, express doubt, etc
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Word Origin and History for ahem

ahem

attention-getting interjection, 1763, lengthened from hem, imitative of clearing the throat.

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