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English definition of “er”

er

exclamation uk   /ɜːr/ us    /ɝː/
the sound that people often make when they pause in the middle of what they are saying or pause before they speak, often because they are deciding what to say: "What time shall we meet this evening?" "Er, eight-ish?" "Is he handsome?" "Er, well - he's got a nice friendly sort of face though he's not exactly handsome."
(Definition of er exclamation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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