(noun) 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.
Source: WordNet® 3.1
(onomatopoeia) the sound of a quiet cough or of clearing one's throat
an exclamation or cough to get attention
an exclamation of disapproval or annoyance
an exclamation to indicate sarcasm
• (exclamation to get attention): See hey
• (expression of disapproval): See tut tut
ahem (plural ahems)
A use of the interjection, ahem.
• HEMA, Hema, Mahé, ah me, haem, haem-, hame, heam, hæm-
Definition: An exclamation to call one's attention; hem.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition
21 January 2021
(adjective) pertaining to time-honored orthodox doctrines; “the simple security of traditional assumptions has vanished”
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