Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. Informal Contraction of them.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. Them (typically after a preposition, or otherwise with accusative or dative force; now only in unstressed position).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An obsolete or colloquial contraction of the old form hem, them.

Etymologies

From Middle English hem, from Old English him, heom, dative and accusative pl. of , he; see he1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Earlier hem, from Old English him, heom, originally a dative plural form but in Middle English coming to serve as an accusative plural as well. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • But be sure to use an apostrophe and not an open quote or a vertical accent for ’em.

    September 26, 2008

  • List 'em if ya got 'em.

    September 26, 2008