What does ahem mean?

Definitions for ahem
pronounced as a nasalized scraping sound, as if clearing the throat; spelling pron. əˈhɛm, hɛmahem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hem, ahemnoun

    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.


  1. ahemnoun

    A use of the interjection, ahem.

  2. aheminterjection

    (onomatopoeia) the sound of a quiet cough or of clearing one's throat

  3. aheminterjection

    an exclamation or cough to get attention

    Ahem! Could we please get started?

  4. aheminterjection

    an exclamation of disapproval or annoyance

    Ahem! In case you didn't notice, I did my share, too.

  5. aheminterjection

    an exclamation to indicate sarcasm

    I really (ahem!) liked the chocolate broccoli surprise.


  1. ahem

    "Ahem" is an interjection or expression used to attract attention, express doubt or disagreement, or announce one's presence, often when interrupting or correcting someone. It is often used in informal conversation and is considered a vocal gesture typically represented in text or speech to indicate clearing of the throat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ahem

    an exclamation to call one's attention; hem

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ahem

    a-hem′, interj. a lengthened form of Hem.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ahem in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ahem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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    offensive or even (of persons) malicious
    A nasty
    B transparent
    C dangerous
    D squashy

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