hem Definition

  • 1the edge of a piece of cloth, especially along the bottom
  • 2to fold and sew the edge of a piece of cloth

Using hem: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hem" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The hem of her dress was torn.

  • Example

    She hemmed the curtains to make them shorter.

  • Example

    I need to hem this skirt before I can wear it.

hem Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with hem

  • hem and haw

    to speak in an evasive or indecisive way


    He hemmed and hawed when asked about his plans for the future.

  • to restrict someone's freedom of movement or action


    The police hemmed in the suspect until backup arrived.

  • hem and stitch

    to repair or mend something, especially clothing


    She hemmed and stitched the tear in her jeans.


Summary: hem in Brief

The term 'hem' [hem] refers to the edge of a piece of cloth, often sewn to prevent fraying or to shorten the length. It is also used as a verb to describe the act of folding and sewing the edge of a piece of cloth. Common phrases include 'hem and haw,' meaning to speak evasively, and 'hem someone in,' meaning to restrict their movement.