Meaning of ahem

a•hem

Pronunciation: (pronounced with a small scraping sound accompanied or followed by a nasal spelling pron. &schwa&sylphem&prim, hem), [key]
— interj.
  1. (an utterance similar to the sound of clearing one's throat, used to attract attention, express doubt or a mild warning, etc.)
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