Definition of hmm
1 —used to express the action or process of thinking Let's get one question out of the way immediately … : does Spike Lee like to cause trouble? “Hmm,” he says, sighing. “Yeah, I guess you could call me an instigator.” — Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, August 1990 As an undergraduate, I settled on history, and diplomatic history, because I had a really cool professor. I was thinking, Hmmm, I wonder how you get to be a diplomat? — Julia Wilkinson, Washington Post, 2 July 2013
2 —used to emphasize that one has asked a question and is awaiting an answer But tell Santa the truth now, what's the most important part to a little boy or girl? The box? The wrapping paper? Or the game that comes in the box? Hmmm? It's the present, of course. — Mark Newman, The Ottumwa (Iowa) Courier, 23 Dec. 2013
3 —used to request repetition or clarification of something just said “So tell me,” I said. “To what do I owe the pleasure?” “Hmm?” “What brings you here?” — David Housewright, Curse of the Jade Lily, 2012
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