- Um is defined as something you say to pause in a conversation or to show you're unsure.
An example of um is what you might say when a reporter asks you a question you're not sure you want to answer.
She might be saying "um".
- Alternative form of umbe.
From Middle English um, from Old Norse um, umb (“around, about”), from Proto-Germanic *umbi (“around”), from Proto-Indo-European *ambʰi- (“by, around”). Cognate with Old English ymbe (“around”). More at umbe.
(third-person singular simple present ums, present participle umming, simple past and past participle ummed)
- (intransitive) To make the um sound to express confusion or hesitancy.
- Alternative spelling of µm.
A Latin-script rendering of µm.