Complete Definition of "hem"

English

Etymology 1
A sound uttered in imitation of clearing the throat

Pronunciation
audio|en-us-hem.ogg|Audio (US)

:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-Ém|-Ém

Interjection
hem!

  1. Used to fill in the gap of a pause with a vocalized sound.

Noun
en-noun

  1. Someone who is afraid of change to the point of total inaction. (From a book by Spencer Johnson, M.D., Who moved my cheese, about a character who was always against change.)

See also
ahem
haw

Etymology 2
From Middle English in turn from Old English and related to Middle High German hemmen meaning "to hem in".

Noun
en-noun

  1. The border of an article of clothing doubled back and stitched together.
  2. A rim or margin of something.

Translations
trans-top|border of an article of clothing doubled back and stitched together
French: ourlet m
German: Saum m
Icelandic: faldur m
trans-mid
Serbian: rub, porub
Portuguese: bainha f
trans-bottom

checktrans
ttbc|Spanish: dobladillo m, ruedo m, bastilla f

Verb
en-verb|hem|m|ing

  1. intransitive (in sewing) To make a hem.
  2. intransitive (in speaking) To make a sound like hem (usually coupled with "haw" as in "hemmed and hawwed.")
  3. transitive: To put hem on an article of clothing, to edge or put a border on something.
  4. transitive: To surround something or someone in a confining way.

Translations
trans-top|To put hem on an article of clothing
French: ourler
German: säumen
Icelandic: falda
trans-mid
Portuguese: fazer a bainha de
trans-bottom

trans-top|To surround something or someone in a confining way
German: einengen
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Related terms
hemmed
hemming
hemmer


Dutch

Pronoun
hem

  1. personal|lang=Dutch Third-person singular, masculine, objective: him.

#: Stuur dat maar naar hem. — Send that to him.

Related terms

Latin

Interjection
rfc-level|Interjection at L4+ not in L3 POS section
hem

  1. eh?, well well! (expressing surprise)

Related terms
ehem

Category:Latin interjections


Swedish

Pronunciation
audio|Sv-hem.ogg|audio

Noun
hem

  1. home; one's dwelling place, as in a house or a more general geographical place; the abiding place of the affections.

Adjective
hem

  1. to one's home

See also
hemåt
hemma

Category:Swedish nouns


Turkish

Etymology
From Persian

Adverb
hem

  1. and also

Category:Turkish adverbs

es:hem
fa:hem
fr:hem
ko:hem
io:hem
id:hem
it:hem
ku:hem
hu:hem
nl:hem
ja:hem
pl:hem
ru:hem
fi:hem
sv:hem
te:hem
vi:hem
tr:hem
zh:hem

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