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See also: Hem, hẻm, 'hem, and hem-

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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

A sound uttered in imitation of clearing the throat (onomatopoeia)

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

hem

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

NounEdit

hem (plural hems)

  1. An utterance or sound of the voice like "hem", often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention.
    • Spectator
      his morning hems

VerbEdit

hem (third-person singular simple present hems, present participle hemming, simple past and past participle hemmed)

  1. To make the sound expressed by the word hem; to hesitate in speaking.
    • Shakespeare
      Hem, and stroke thy beard.
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TranslationsEdit

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English hem, hemm, in turn from Old English hemm and related to Middle High German hemmen (to hem in), Old Norse hemja (to hem in, restrain). The Proto-Indo-European root gave rise also to Armenian քամել (kʿamel, to press, wring) and Russian ком (kom, lump).

The verb is from Middle English hemmen, from Old English *hemman, from Proto-Germanic *hamjaną, or alternatively derived from the noun.

NounEdit

 
A stitched hem.
 
Drawing of a sheet metal hem.

hem (plural hems)

  1. (sewing) The border of an article of clothing doubled back and stitched together to finish the edge and prevent it from fraying.
  2. A rim or margin of something.
    • Shakespeare
      hem of the sea
  3. In sheet metal design, a rim or edge folded back on itself to create a smooth edge and to increase strength or rigidity.
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

hem (third-person singular simple present hems, present participle hemming, simple past and past participle hemmed)

  1. (intransitive) (in sewing) To make a hem.
  2. (transitive): To put hem on an article of clothing, to edge or put a border on something.
  3. (transitive): To surround something or someone in a confining way.
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Derived termsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English hem, from Old English heom (them, dative), originally a dative plural form but in Middle English coming to serve as an accusative plural as well. More at 'em.

PronounEdit

hem

  1. Obsolete form of 'em.
    • William Caxton (1481)
      And wente to the kinge and to the queene, and said to hem with a glad cheer.
    • William Caxton (1485)
      For eyther of hem mayntened.
    • Nisbet, M (1520-1535)
      He prayis hem to lyue releg[ious] lyff[is] and to luk waraly for the cummyng of the lord.
    • John Florio (1578)
      ‘What thinke you of this English, tel me I pray you.’ ‘It is a language that wyl do you good in England but passe Dover, it is woorth nothing.’ ‘Is it not used then in other countreyes?’ ‘No sir, with whom wyl you that they speake?’ ‘With English marchants.’ ‘English marchantes, when they are out of England, it liketh hem not, and they doo not speake it.
    • Edmund Spenser (1579)
      Tho to the greene wood they speeden hem all.
    • Ben Jonson (1598)
      Except we make hem such.
    • John Marston (1605)
      They go forth on Holydays and gather hem by the seashore.
    • Andrew Marvell (1661)
      The mayor and alderman or any six of hem.

AnagramsEdit


BislamaEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English him

PronounEdit

hem

  1. Third person singular pronoun:
    1. he; she
    2. him; her
    3. his; her
    4. his; hers

CatalanEdit

VerbEdit

hem

  1. first-person plural present indicative form of haver

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch hem, from Old Dutch himo, from Proto-Germanic *himmai.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

hem

  1. (personal) Third-person singular, masculine, objective: him.
    Stuur dat maar naar hem.
    Send that to him.
  2. (personal) The tagger in a game of tag: it.

InflectionEdit



IcelandicEdit

VerbEdit

hem (weak)

  1. first-person singular present indicative of hemja
  2. second-person singular imperative of hemja

KurdishEdit

ConjunctionEdit

hem

  1. and

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LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

hem

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

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • hem in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • hem in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

Middle DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Dutch himo, from Proto-Germanic *himmai.

PronounEdit

hem

  1. inflection of hi:
    1. accusative
    2. dative
  2. dative of het

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Dutch hin, from Proto-Germanic *himaz.

PronounEdit

hem

  1. inflection of si (they):
    1. accusative
    2. dative

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English heom, from Proto-Germanic *himaz, masculine and neuter dative plural of *hiz.

PronounEdit

hem

  1. them
    • 14th c. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales. General Prologue: 9–11.
      And smale foweles maken melodye,
      That slepen al the nyght with open eye-
      (So priketh hem Nature in hir corages);
      And many little birds make melody
      That sleep through all the night with open eye
      (So Nature pricks them on to ramp and rage)
    • 1407, The Testimony of William Thorpe, pages 40–41
      And with alle these men I was ofte homli and I comownede with hem long tyme and fele, and so bifore alle othir men I chees wilfulli to be enformed bi hem and of hem, and speciali of Wiclef himsilf, as of the moost vertuous and goodlich wise man that I herde of owhere either knew.

DescendantsEdit


Norwegian BokmålEdit

VerbEdit

hem

  1. imperative of hemme

PijinEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English him

PronounEdit

hem

  1. he/she/it (third-person singular pronoun)
    • 1988, Geoffrey Miles White, Bikfala faet: olketa Solomon Aelanda rimembarem Wol Wo Tu[1], page 75:
      Bihaen hemi finisim skul blong hem, hemi go minista long sios long ples blong hem long 'Areo.

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PortugueseEdit

InterjectionEdit

hem

  1. Rare form of hein.

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse heim < heimr, from Proto-Germanic *haimaz.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

hem

  1. home; to one's home
    Det är dags att gå hem.
    It is time to go home.

NounEdit

hem n

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

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TurkishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Persian هم (ham).

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

hem

  1. and also

ConjunctionEdit

hem

  1. both; and
    Hem bu hem şuBoth this one and that one