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ahem

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interjection \a throat-clearing sound; often read as ə-ˈhem\

Simple Definition of ahem

  • —used in writing to represent a sound that is like a quiet cough that people make especially to attract attention or to express disapproval or embarrassment

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ahem

  1. —used especially to attract attention or to express disapproval or embarrassment

Origin and Etymology of ahem

imitative


First Known Use: 1603


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