noun. 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..
Example sentences of the word ahem
1. Verb, base form
But if you're clocking your daily workout sessions and finding this is not the case, there could be several reasons why things aren't (ahem) moving as smoothly as you'd like.
2. Noun, singular or mass
You may think of (ahem) certain fixtures and surfaces in your bathroom as being the most germ-ridden spots in your house, but the sad truth is that this distinction very often falls to your personal electronics.
eHow's library of pumpkin carving templates is -- ahem -- to die for, so we decided to try our luck at carving some of these quick and creepy jack-o'-lantern.
For demonstration purposes, of course, because we'd never be that lazy in real life (ahem).
This leaves plenty of room in the waistband, creating a clear view of, ahem, you know, your unmentionables.
6. Noun, plural
(Even, ahem, when it doesn't really need it.)