a grunt articulated as a syllabic  m,
 or  with a voiceless onset n,
or as the syllable
ˈhə How to pronounce huh (audio)
 or  ˈhəⁿ,
 often ending in a glottal stop, and uttered with a range of intonations  ;
often read as
ˈhə How to pronounce huh (audio)
used to express surprise, disbelief, or confusion, or as an inquiry inviting affirmative reply

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So somewhere a kid is going to turn on the new season on Saturday night and think, huh, who is this Michael Longfellow? Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 30 Sep. 2022 The Bengal Tigers will have a new look under Brian Kelly – What a division with Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher, Lane Kiffin and Kelly, huh? – and are looking to rebound from last season’s 6-7 showing. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Sooooo this is how Colerain High School in Cincinnati gets down huh. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 The wet dream of every honest, hard-working, beer-guzzling, God-fearing, red-blooded, normal white male this side of the Rio Grande River, huh, folks. Lydia Lunch, SPIN, 8 May 2022 Well, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sure took us for a ride, huh? Evan Romano, Men's Health, 5 May 2022 What a position the chief justice has right now, huh. ABC News, 20 Mar. 2022 The rest of it is … uh-huh, the echo … made for making money. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Mar. 2022 The show just skips right over how Geralt and Yennefer got from Cintra to Kaer Morhen, huh? Scott Meslow, Vulture, 19 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


imitative of a grunt

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of huh was in 1608

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Cite this Entry

“Huh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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