HyperDic: ahem

English > 1 sense of the word ahem:
NOUNcommunicationahem, hemthe utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat
English > ahem: 1 sense > noun 1, communication
MeaningThe utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc..
Synonymhem
Broaderutterance, vocalizationThe use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

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