I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle High German hemmen to hem in, Armenian kamel to press Date: before 12th century 1. a border of a cloth article doubled back and stitched down 2. rim, margin <
bright green hem of reeds about the ponds — R. M. Lockley
II. verb (hemmed; hemming) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to finish with a hem b. border, edge 2. to surround in a restrictive manner ; confine — usually used with in <
hemmed in by enemy troops
intransitive verb to make a hem in sewing • hemmer noun III. intransitive verb (hemmed; hemming) Date: 15th century 1. to utter the sound represented by hem <
hemmed and hawed before answering
2. equivocate <
the administration hemmed and hawed over the students' demands
IV. interjection Etymology: imitative — often used to indicate a vocalized pause in speaking

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