(noun, verb, interjection, pronoun)


1. Used to fill in the gap of a pause with a vocalized sound.


1. the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down

- the hem of her dress was stained

- let down the hem

- he stitched weights into the curtain's hem

Definition categories: man–made, edge

2. the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.

Similar word(s): ahem

Definition categories: communication, utterance, vocalization


1. Obsolete form of 'em.


1. fold over and sew together to provide with a hem

- hem my skirt

Definition categories: contact, sew, stitch

2. utter `hem' or `ahem'

Definition categories: communication, emit, utter