[hmm] /hmm/

(used typically to express thoughtful absorption, hesitation, doubt, or perplexity.)
a sound made when considering or puzzling over something
/spelling pron hmmm/
used to indicate hesitation, doubt, assent, pleasure, etc

representative of a sound made during contemplation or showing mild disapproval, attested from 1868, but this is probably a variation of the hum attested in similar senses from 1590s.


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