hem


1hem

noun \ˈhem\

: the edge of a piece of cloth that is folded back and sewn down

Full Definition of HEM

1
:  a border of a cloth article doubled back and stitched down
2
:  rim, margin <bright green hem of reeds about the ponds — R. M. Lockley>

Examples of HEM

  1. shorten the hem of the dress
  2. <the hem of the blouse was gold>

Origin of HEM

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle High German hemmen to hem in, Armenian kamel to press
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with HEM

2hem

verb
hemmedhem·ming

Definition of HEM

transitive verb
1
a :  to finish with a hem
b :  border, edge
2
:  to surround in a restrictive manner :  confine —usually used with in <hemmed in by enemy troops>
intransitive verb
:  to make a hem in sewing
hem·mer noun

First Known Use of HEM

14th century

3hem

intransitive verb \ˈhem\
hemmedhem·ming

Definition of HEM

1
:  to utter the sound represented by hem <hemmed and hawed before answering>
2
:  equivocate <the administration hemmed and hawed over the students' demands>

First Known Use of HEM

15th century

4hem

interjection \usually read as ˈhem\

Definition of HEM

—often used to indicate a vocalized pause in speaking

Origin of HEM

imitative

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