a prolonged sound
How to pronounce um (audio)
used to indicate hesitation
well, um, I don't know

Examples of um in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The star, whose hairstylist Chris Appleton has never given her a moment of peace in her life, posted pictures of herself, um, squatting? Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 24 June 2024 Insider tip: The hip fashion boutique The Next Door is, um, practically next door. Luis Campuzano, WWD, 15 June 2024 So, to me, knowing that his uncle will be on the other side waiting for him, to me, is, um, just a tender mercy. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2024 Even the young boys who can’t be older than sixth grade are already talking about girls and who’s, um, better endowed. Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 25 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for um 

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Word History

First Known Use

1672, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of um was in 1672

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Cite this Entry

“Um.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


a prolonged
How to pronounce um (audio)
 sound,  əm
used to express hesitation
well, um, I don't know
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