\ ˈə How to pronounce uh (audio) , usually with prolonged ə\

Definition of uh

chiefly US, informal
used to express hesitation Do you want to, uh, go out sometime?

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The Miami Dolphins open their 2017 at home — uh-oh — on Sept. 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. George Richards, miamiherald, "Dolphins have worst home-field advantage in the NFL says ESPN," 29 Aug. 2017 Smaller Markets are the Next Big Thing There was a time—like, uh, last year—when natural wine could mostly be found in coastal cities. Belle Cushing, Bon Appetit, "So, What Exactly Is Natural Wine?," 28 Aug. 2017 We’re glad the decision to build it was made, but surely a stylish, cool product like the Buzz would have been a much better way to generate, uh, buzz for the company’s promised 20 to 30 EVs by 2025 than the more conventional I.D. hatchback. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Electric Bus Confirmed for U.S.—in 2022," 19 Aug. 2017 Key defensive back Gary Fencik was (uh-huh, like Tom Buchanan) a Yale man. • David Isaacson, Chicago Reader, "Hard hat, lunch pail: The myth of toughness in Chicago sports," 15 Aug. 2017 Uh, yes. As the lights dim in the Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood, clips from the entirety of BSB’s 24-year career begin to play. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "“Tell Me Why,” Or, a Sound Argument for Seeing the Backstreet Boys in Las Vegas," 4 Aug. 2017 The show, uh, fights begin at 8 p.m. Studio 80, 500 Taylor St., Fort Worth. Denise Harris, star-telegram, "Bring back the ’90s and rock out at the Vans Warped Tour this week in DFW," 26 July 2017 All of the discussions at Rachel's (palatial) house are...polite and rational and uh, intellectual? Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "'The Bachelorette' Season 13 Episode 9 Recap: Meet the Lindsays," 24 July 2017 When the Internet Found Out About Usher's, Uh, Diagnosis R. Kelly hold ppl hostage. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Petty Party: The Most Guiltily Satisfying Celebrity Things That Happened This Week," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of uh

1962, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of uh

chiefly US, informal used when you hesitate because you are not sure about what to say

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