ˈə How to pronounce uh (audio)
 usually with prolonged  ə
chiefly US, informal
used to express hesitation
Do you want to, uh, go out sometime?

Examples of uh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Are these your … people, your, uh … CAROLINA: … Collaborators. Anna Deavere Smith, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 Ronaldo's bust — unveiled in 2017 at the renaming of Portugal’s Madeira International Airport to Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo —set the Internet ablaze thanks to its, uh, quirks. Alex Heigl, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2023 While The New York Times has made some, uh, missteps in its breaking coverage, The Daily published a fascinating episode last week about how the ways in which people view the war of 1948 still fuel the conflict today. Ariel Shapiro, The Verge, 7 Nov. 2023 There’s the paparazzi — almost exclusively men – hounding her every move, and then the late-night talk show hosts, again, dudes, making sport of her reaction to becoming a caged bird, shaving her head and hitting a pap’s car with, uh, an umbrella. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 24 Oct. 2023 Ric Flair Perhaps because it was unveiled the same week as Ronaldo's, WWE star Flair's statue also earned some Internet buzz for the extra-generous hair, muscles and, uh, other extremities. Alex Heigl, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2023 Marc Carlos: Jade has maintained her innocence throughout this entire, uh, incident. Tracy Smith, CBS News, 15 Oct. 2023 Like a Microplane, uh, a paring knife, stuff like that. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Oct. 2023 There was that, uh, picture that went viral recently of, Chinese Social media influencers like all sitting lined up on the street with their ring lights, just running on forever. Gideon Lichfield, WIRED, 4 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uh was in 1962

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“Uh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uh. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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