What does ahem mean?

ahem meaning in General Dictionary

An exclamation to phone people attention hem

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  • the utterance of an audio much like clearing the neck; meant to get interest, present hesitancy, fill a pause, cover embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.
  • An exclamation to phone a person's attention; hem.

ahem meaning in Etymology Dictionary

attention-getting interjection, 1763, lengthened from hem, imitative of clearing the neck.


ahem meaning in General Dictionary

(interj.) An exclamation to phone a person's interest; hem.