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mhm

[ m-hm ]

What does mhm mean?

Mhm is a version of mm-hmm, an interjection variously used to express agreement or make an acknowledgment, among other senses. Mhm is especially common in the casual writing of the internet and text-messaging.

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hunh, yut

Where does mhm come from?

Mm-hmm is recorded as early as 1934. As far as mhm is concerned on the internet, that’s harder to pin down, as is true of many internet terms. The first entry on Urban Dictionary for MHM dates back to 2004, suggesting it takes off with the rise of early chat applications like AOL Instant Messenger.

Mhm may have also emerged from the fact that typing yes—not to mention mm-hmm—in early text-messaging took nine clicks, with MHM only four.

Examples of mhm

I kinda love/hate how pilots stand at the door when you exit the plane like, "Yea, I just put it down didn't I? Mhm."
@dereckapurnell, May 29, 2016
Just between you and me you should totes let me read it sometime mhm
@theAudLow, March 8, 2018
"Mhm," I said, smiling quietly to myself.
Louise Booth, When Fraser Met Billy, 2014
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Who uses mhm?

On social media and in text messages, mhm is a casual way to show agreement, express satisfaction, or otherwise acknowledge something.

Because mhm attempts to capture a verbalization, it may be used to mean similar-sounding interjections like hmm (puzzlement) or mmm (delight).

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