or umm

[uhm, uhn, uh m, uhn]


(used as an expression of doubt, hesitation, deliberation, interest, etc.) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for um

Contemporary Examples of um

Historical Examples of um

  • From the neighboring corner where Standish had stretched himself came a non-committal "Um."

    Soldier Rigdale

    Beulah Marie Dix

  • E lub 'um hard, 'e lub 'um long, un 'e is gwan try fer mek dem noung leddy marry wit' 'im.

    Nights With Uncle Remus

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • Um, examining the card critically, he has turned out an excellent piece of work, artistic and quiet in tone.

    Those Dale Girls

    Frank Weston Carruth

  • Then he slapped his legs gleefully, and explained the conceit to Will'um Byars, who went into the house and thought it over.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • Um—well, you see, my dear, I—I don't feel up to that sort of thing—before supper.

British Dictionary definitions for um




a representation of a common sound made when hesitating in speech



the internet domain name for

US Minor Outlying Islands
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Word Origin and History for um

a sound denoting hesitation, 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper