h'm

h'm

(spelling pron hmmm)
interj
used to indicate hesitation, doubt, assent, pleasure, etc
Translations

h'm

hm [ˈhmmm] exclhum
References in classic literature ?
But "H'm," said I to myself, as she went to fetch my milk, "evidently not yours, my dear."
"H'm," I continued, a little nonplussed, "but do you really mean there is no lady staying with you?"
"H'm! well--here, you fellow-you can come along with me now if you like!" cried Rogojin to Lebedeff, and so they all left the carriage.
"H'm! But I don't know why you want to tell us such gossip, mother," said Raskolnikov irritably, as it were in spite of himself.
"H'm. Fancy your being able to teach me what you don't know yourself!"
"Invitation" (H'm) finds him weighing the attractions of traditional Welsh rural society against the rich opportunities of English commerce, and failing to make a choice.
The grisly tortures "gaily" recounted by this inquisitor, which had jarred with his pious "pre-admonishing" opening and "subjoining" conclusion, are transferred to a sadistic nursery-rhyme by the poet who reputedly had tortured early readers of his endless Sordello: Pre-admonisheth THE WRITER: H'm, for a subject it is well enough!
When she asks her mother's cousin, Miss Sparrow, why an acquaintance married a man she did not love, Miss Sparrow replies, "H'm child, wouldn't you do anything to get away f'um hard work, an' ugly cloes an' bills?" (56) In contrast to Joanna, Maggie wants "desperately to marry," and to marry Joanna's brother Philip, "in order to secure for herself the decent respectability for which those first and fourteen years of her life had created an almost morbid obsession" (80).
ELSIE: H'm! Well, now if you've quite done lecturing me--I've a little quarrel with you.
"H'm, he always were a name dropper that fellow" was Ron's laconic reply!