ahem


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a·hem

 (ə-hĕm′)
interj.
Used to attract attention or to express doubt or warning.
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ahem

(əˈhɛm)
interj
a clearing of the throat, used to attract attention, express doubt, etc
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a•hem

(pronounced as a nasalized scraping sound, as if clearing the throat; spelling pron. əˈhɛm, hɛm)

interj.
(used to attract attention, express doubt or a mild warning, etc.)
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ahem - the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.
utterance, vocalization - the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
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Translations

ahem

[əˈhem] EXCL¡ejem!
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ahem

interjhm
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References in classic literature ?
Before I had time to make any remark, however, upon so singular a circumstance, he interrupted me with a second "ahem!"
"Well, sir, th' colonel met your lieutenant right by us--it was damnedest thing I ever heard--an' he ses: 'Ahem! ahem!' he ses.
"Ahem! ahem!" he said, and everybody listened except the poor Catherine Wheel, who was still shaking her head, and murmuring, "Romance is dead."
'Ahem! Honeychurch,'"--Freddy was an indifferent mimic--"'ahem!
"Ahem! The Princess is lost in the wood, and she hears the sound of a horn.
"No doubt," I said; "but Love, like a good householder(ahem!), does well not to live too much on trust."
"But -- pardon me if I seem inquisitive -- are you not all rather -- ahem! rather unusual?" asked the Woggle-Bug, looking from one to another with unconcealed interest.
"Ahem!" exclaimed Tom, with unnecessary emphasis it seemed.
"Ahem!" said the Wizard, "will somebody please loan me a handkerchief?"
Then she cried, "Ahem!" under cover of the MEA CULPA, striking her breast so vigorously that everybody, even the lady with the red cushion, turned round toward her.
"Ahem!" said Colonel Killigrew, who believed not a word of the doctor's story; "and what may be the effect of this fluid on the human frame?"
"Aunt Myra is a ahem! an excellent woman, but it is her hobby to believe that everyone is tottering on the brink of the grave; and, upon my life, I believe she is offended if people don't fall into it!