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  1. (used typically to express thoughtful absorption, hesitation, doubt, or perplexity.)
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  • Hmm—does our law judge a man without giving him a fair hearing?

  • Hmm, I'd take your donkey an' give back considerable to boot.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • Hmm—he might, although a foreigner, be forced to take a journey to Siberia.

  • Hmm, it's not as fragrant as might be; that is, Not before it's smeared.



  • "Hmm," Rupert murmured, more interested in his letter than in the conversation.

    Ralestone Luck

    Andre Norton

British Dictionary definitions for hmm


  1. a sound made when considering or puzzling over something
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  1. used to indicate hesitation, doubt, assent, pleasure, etc
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Word Origin and History for hmm

representative of a sound made during contemplation or showing mild disapproval, attested from 1868, but this is probably a variation of the hum attested in similar senses from 1590s.

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