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Meaning & Definition of Hem in English

English

Hem

/hɛm/

noun

1. The edge of a piece of cloth

  • Especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down
  • "The hem of her dress was stained"
  • "Let down the hem"
  • "He stitched weights into the curtain's hem"
  • "It seeped along the hem of his jacket"
    synonym:
  • hem

2. The utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat

  • Intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.
    synonym:
  • hem
  • ,
  • ahem

verb

1. Fold over and sew together to provide with a hem

  • "Hem my skirt"
    synonym:
  • hem

2. Utter `hem' or `ahem'

    synonym:
  • hem