[uh, uhn]


(used to indicate hesitation, doubt, or a pause).

Origin of uh

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for uh

Contemporary Examples of uh

Historical Examples of uh

  • "Yes—uh—by all means—uh—" replied his Excellency with a pleasant smile.

    The Upper Berth

    Francis Marion Crawford

  • Anyhow it's uh fattestlookin grass I seen sence I lef Texas.

  • "Uh, huh," said the preacher, and he began to hasten his steps homeward.

    The heart of happy hollow

    Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Uhuh—— I think perhaps we'd better not try to drive clear to Seattle.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Uh, you said—didn't Miss Boltwood tell me that you are going to Seattle, too?

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

Word Origin and History for uh

inarticulate sound, attested from c.1600; uh-huh, spoken affirmative (often ironic or non-committal) is recorded from 1904; negative uh-uh is attested from 1924.

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