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

  • interj. Used to attract attention or to express doubt or warning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. the sound of a quiet cough or of clearing one's throat
  • interj. an exclamation or cough to get attention
  • interj. an exclamation of disapproval or annoyance
  • interj. an exclamation to indicate sarcasm
  • n. A use of the interjection, ahem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. An exclamation to call one's attention; hem.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An utterance designed to attract attention, express doubt, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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.


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  • Finally, this week's ending illustration is by Naruko Hanaharu, a familiar name amongst certain circles * ahem ahem*.

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  • KJ knows I secretly dread the day I start going bald (when this "pig fur" will be gone from the world forever), so the other day she said that she read somewhere that male baldness is caused by an abundance of hormones that usually indicated health in ... ahem ... other areas.

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  • If it turns out the book is untrue or exaggerated, he will be all "that doesn't have a place in ahem, ahem, blah blah."

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  • July 23rd, 2004 at 2: 47 am ahem is right. but its nice to remember there is a world going on.

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  • In plain English - ahem - what we have, in the form of the 11th session of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol and the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention, is a short sharp meeting that will largely focus on where the two parallel tracks of climate negotiations that made little headway at

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  • * That "ahem"-ing you hear in the background is pal Dorian clearing his throat, for some reason.

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  • And in my life there is a lot of room for individual improvement before I started "ahem" - ing in the agora.

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  • The condition is called misophonia -- literally "hatred of sound" -- and occurs when a common noise, whether it's something like a person chewing loudly, water dripping or someone "ahem"-ing, causes you to become anxious or angry, more so than a typical response, TODAY reported.

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  • This one is set within the community of orbiting habitats around the planet Yellowstone, known as ahem the Glitter Band.

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  • It basically looks like this ugly dude with a sword ahem goes around boinking chicks in the woods.

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