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Definition of um exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

um

 exclamation
exclamation
BrE BrE//əm//
 
, BrE//ʌm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əm//
 
, NAmE//ʌm//
 
 
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the way of writing the sound /ʌm/ or /əm/ that people make when they hesitate, or do not know what to say next Um, I’m not sure how to ask you this… More Like This Exclamations aargh, ah, aha, ahchoo, ahem, aw, bah, boo, coo, d’oh, eek, eh, er, eww, gee, ha, hey, ho ho, ho-hum, hooray, huh, mm, oh, oho, oi, ooh, oops, ouch, ow, oy, pah, phew, psst, sh, tsk tsk, tut, ugh, uh, uh-uh, uh-oh, um, whoopee, whoops, woo hoo, wow, yay, yippee, yuck, yumSee worksheet. Word Originnatural utterance: first recorded in English in the early 17th cent.
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