\ a prolonged m sound How to pronounce um (audio) , əm \

Definition of um

used to indicate hesitation well, um, I don't know

Examples of um in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What was the biggest challenge of having such, um, robust facial hair? Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 1 June 2022 Here in, uh, [00:23:00] um, Cuyahoga county who 90 county residents have died for meth overdoses. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 8 Mar. 2022 Sonny fills in as a paternal figure in the meantime and ends up teaching the kid some, um, unconventional lessons. Hilary Weaver, ELLE, 1 June 2022 Joe Lunardi just did a bracket for, um, the 2023 Madness. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 19 Apr. 2022 So far secure housing and care for a thousand, um, orphans and Ukraine, but there’s going to be a lot more new. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 6 May 2022 Trump insisted that tax returns did a poor job of cataloging a person’s wealth, which is, um, not true. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 The White Sox enjoyed startling attendance success in 2021, bucking all pandemic trends, and the Cardinals’ fan support is, um, well-documented. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 The little pumper’s roughly 5 horsepower goes through a centrifugal clutch, the CVT and final belt drive, all of which conspire to give the Navi an off-the-line acceleration that is, um, gently progressive? Dan Neil, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of um

1672, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2022

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“Um.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/um. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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