Definition of uh-huh in English:

uh-huh

exclamation

  • Used to express assent or as a non-committal response to a question or remark.

    ‘‘Do you understand?’ ‘Uh-huh.’’
    • ‘And I'm standing there, physically scared, thinking uh-huh.’
    • ‘You can try and throw in the occasional yes, no and uh-huh during the conversation… and they may work 9 times out of 10, but sooner or later you will be required to say something more meaningful and that is when you fall flat on your face.’
    • ‘In the same song she turns around and shouts in a baritone, ‘You make me wanna uh-huh!’’
    • ‘That girl is amazing, I swear… ‘And he was back on his Amanda spiel, which Thomas tuned out except for an occasional, ‘Mm-hmm,’ or, ‘Yeah, uh-huh.’’
    • ‘Oh, uh-huh, yeah…’ I mumbled, getting up out of the chair.’
    • ‘‘Oh, uh-huh,’ Brooke said, spooning buttery mashed potatoes from the server into her plate.’
    • ‘And you know sometimes even very late in the disease he would say something and he'd go, uh-huh.’
    • ‘‘Yeah sure, uh-huh,’ Bella replied, turning sideways to face him.’
    • ‘She listened to whatever Sharon said, but only said an occasional uh-huh, so Livy and I couldn't make out what they were talking about.’
    • ‘Fans from many cultures, in unison, chime in on cue, ‘Uh-huh, uh-huh!’’
    • ‘I mentioned this thought to Brandon but he only muttered uh-huh, scratching his head.’
    • ‘‘Yeah, uh-huh,’ Sally said not really interested in what Kate was saying, ‘But today after school I want to take you shopping with me ok.’’
    • ‘I had written five or six questions out to ask him and we went through them in like two minutes, and I had nothing else to ask him, because each answer was, ‘nah, yeah, uh-huh, yup, no.’’
    • ‘She must have asked a question, and he had let the auto-pilot answer with either one of its nods, or maybe even a uh-huh or God forbid, a yes, dear.’
    • ‘The whole time I did everything I could to make conversation but he always just replied with a simple uh-huh, yea or no.’
    • ‘I've perfected the art of responding to small talk when not even listening, so my mouth gives off automatic uh-huh's, yeah's, mmm's, and an occasional chuckle.’
    • ‘These include Empathic Attunement (a short utterance used in emotional process, e.g., uh-huh, or yes) and Refocusing (therapist redirects client back to a specific content theme).’
    • ‘Then he looked up at the ceiling and started going, ‘Uh-huh, uh-huh, okay, I'll tell her, jeez.’’
    • ‘‘Yeah, uh-huh,’ said Gray distractedly, squinting his eyes and catching sight of three boys huddling suspiciously in a corner.’
    • ‘‘Yeah, uh-huh,’ Sam replied distractedly, reading more of the file.’
    all right, alright, very well, of course, by all means, sure, certainly, absolutely, indeed, affirmative, in the affirmative, agreed, roger
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Origin

Mid 19th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

uh-huh

/ˈʌhʌ/