What does “ummmm” in a text mean


or umm

[ uhm, uhn, uh m, uhn ]

/ ʌm, ʌ̃, əm, ə̃ /


(used as an expression of doubt, hesitation, deliberation, interest, etc.)

Words nearby um

ulundi, uluru, ulyanovsk, ulysses, ulúa, um, umami, umar, umar tal, umayyad, umbel

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Examples from the Web for umm

  • Umm…to me, pop music is more of a science term than an aesthetic.

    The Rise of Jack Antonoff, the Taylor Swift Whisperer|Kevin Fallon|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Umm, I think it is very hard to see how Mike Pence can achieve 51 percent of the vote.

    Mike Pence, Dark Horse in Training for 2016|David Freedlander|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • “Umm…they maintain themselves,” she responded when asked whether or not they were threaded, plucked, or waxed.

    Donald Sterling’s Former Mistress Makes the “Paparazzi Shield” Chic; Cara Delevingne Has Self-Grooming Eyebrows|The Fashion Beast Team|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • The skit for presenting the “Best Kiss” award was, umm, cringe-worthy.

    The Best Moments of the MTV Movie Awards|Marina Watts|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • “Umm…I read some of it,” he said, of the Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig, whom Anderson cites as an inspiration for the movie.

    The Cast of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Says Wes Anderson Is a Genius Hardass|Nico Hines|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Erskine read 'umm, meaning that Ahl could neither read nor write; de Courteille that he was un homme du commun.

    The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • The fugitive's pardon was granted to Umm Hakim, his wife, who rejoined him when he was on the point of embarking.

    The Life of Mohammad|Etienne Dinet

  • Tradition says that Umm Salama often nursed Ḥasan in his infancy.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1|Various

  • "Umm, that's right, Dick was a code-specialist," Hanlon nodded.

    Man of Many Minds|E. Everett Evans

  • “Umm,” murmured Wiley, and examined each sample with a careful, appraising eye.

    Shadow Mountain|Dane Coolidge

British Dictionary definitions for umm (1 of 2)



a representation of a common sound made when hesitating in speech

British Dictionary definitions for umm (2 of 2)


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