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Definition of the noun ahem

What does ahem mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: ahems

  1. 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.

Alternative definition of the noun ahem


  1. A use of the interjection, ahem.

Other definitions of ahem

What does ahem also mean?


  1. (onomatopoeia) the sound of a quiet cough or of clearing one's throat
  2. an exclamation or cough to get attention
  3. an exclamation of disapproval or annoyance
  4. an exclamation to indicate sarcasm

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Google previewA Dictionary of Literary Devices (1991)

Gradus, A-Z by Bernard Marie Dupriez

Ahem! ahem! (an invitation to discretion in a conversation), Gee up! Or a referential function: Go on! (an ironic form of agreement), Ss!

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

by Various

Ahem, ahem′, interj. a lengthened form of Hem. Ahithophel. See Achitophel. Ahigh, ahī′, adv. an obsolete form of ...

Google previewAn Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary (1978)

With an Index of English Words, King List, and Geographical List with Indexes, List of Hieroglyphic Characters, Coptic and Semitic Alphabets, Etc by Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge

uhemem 'ahem Ж Ж 11 a second time, ' anew. Bm uhem ä c у l , a second time, anew. mitemuhem death a second time, the second death. n mut-f em uhem ._n.

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

ahem Excuse of being elsewhere—alibi Excuse offered—pretext Excuse someone from a task or obligation—let off Exdirectory—unlisted Execrable— damnable Execrate—curse, abhor Execute—behead, kill Execute—does, carry out Execute ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

exclaim 4 blat, bolt, rear 5 snort 6 cry out 8 blurt out, burst out 9 ejaculate exclamation 2 ah, ai, ay, ha, hi, ho, lo, oh, ow, so 3 aah, aha, bah, boo, cry, eek, feh, fie, gee, hah, hey, hic, huh, och, oho, ooh, path, tsk, tut, ugh, wow, yeh 4 ahem, ...

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Ahem Meaning

Video shows what ahem means. (onomatopoeia) the sound of a quiet cough or of clearing one's throat. an exclamation or cough to get attention. an exclamation ...

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Scrabble value of A1H4E1M3

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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