- hemhem1 [hem]n.[ME < OE, akin to MLowG ham, enclosed piece of land < IE base * kem-, to compress, impede > HAMPER1]1. the border on a garment or piece of cloth, usually made by folding the edge and sewing it down2. any border, edge, or marginvt.hemmed, hemmingto fold back the edge of and sew down; put a hem or hems on——————hem in or hem around or hem about1. to encircle; surround2. to confine or restrainhem2 [hem: ] conventionalized pronun.interj., n.(used to suggest) the sound made in clearing the throatvi.hemmed, hemmingto make this sound, as in trying to get attention or in showing doubt——————hem and haw1. to make sounds like hems, or grope about in speech, while searching for the right words to say2. to speak in a vague or evasive manner; equivocate
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.