- (onomatopoeia) the sound of a quiet cough or of clearing one's throat
- an exclamation or cough to get attention
#:Ahem! Could we please get started?
- an exclamation of disapproval or annoyance
#:Ahem! In case you didn't notice, I did my share, too.
- an exclamation to indicate sarcasm
#:I really (ahem!) liked the chocolate broccoli surprise.
- A use of the interjection, ahem.
IPA|[ahem] or [ahÉ™m]|lang=ro
- yes, similar to "mhm" in English.