Verb hmm Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(intransitive) To make a thoughtful humming noise.

More definition:

1.(used typically to express thoughtful absorption, hesitation, doubt, or perplexity.)

1. a sound made when considering or puzzling over something h'm /spelling pron hmmm/ interjection
1. used to indicate hesitation, doubt, assent, pleasure, etc Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
representative of a sound made during contemplation or showing mild disapproval, attested from 1868, but this is probably a variation of the hum attested in similar senses from 1590s.


"Hmm," she said, troubled.

She mused, "Hmm, slumming it are we?"

Hmm, that's really strange.

Let's have a look… hmm, very loyal... and passionate...

Hmm, can I trust you upstairs?

Hmm, that's a damn good question.

Hmm, maybe since Victor was behind it, it didn't work.

Electricity (hmm, I guess the trailer was solar powered), a refrigerator, air conditioning.

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