'em

pronoun

əm;
 after  p,
b,
f,
 or  v,
 often  ᵊm
: them

Examples of 'em in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Is a homer haven for a guy who’s given up 27 of ‘em in his last 120 innings, streets roll up at 10 PM. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 10 May 2018 The kitchen turns out tasty and quick staples like burgers, grilled cheese and tatchos (don't ask, just order 'em). Susan Selasky and Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 20 Jan. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English hem, from Old English heom, him, dative plural of he

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of 'em was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“'em.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%27em. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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