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or umm

[uhm, uhn, uh m, uhn]
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  1. (used as an expression of doubt, hesitation, deliberation, interest, etc.)
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  • Them ribbons don't keep her f'um rockin'; she's all through!

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • "Um," grunted the depot master, knocking the ashes from his cigar.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • So fair a lady is meant for another kind of, um, never mind!

    The Valor of Cappen Varra

    Poul William Anderson

  • "Um," said the other man, as the tail-lights of the train grew small.

  • Um—a—oh—this new man we hear of—Monsieur Kashkine, of Moscow.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

British Dictionary definitions for um


  1. a representation of a common sound made when hesitating in speech
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the internet domain name for
  1. US Minor Outlying Islands
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Word Origin and History for um

a sound denoting hesitation, 1670s.

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