-'m

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Contraction of am.

Suffix[edit]

-'m

  1. Am, used in I'm.
  2. (dialect) Various forms of be.
    • 1962, John Le Carre, A Murder of Quality:
      "He'm a bad one. Ooh, he'm a bad one, Mister," and she laughed softly. "I seed 'im flying, riding on the wind," she laughed again, "and the moon be'ind 'im, lightin' up the way. They'm close as sisters, moon and Devil."
    • 2016, Alan Moore, Jerusalem, Liveright 2016, page 180:
      “Ah, it's a wonder we’m got two sticks to us name, with all that plunder what youm 'ad already.”

Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of madam/ma'am.

Suffix[edit]

-'m

  1. Represents the word madam or ma'am when used as a formal address of a female; as in yes'm and no'm.