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English word um (expression of hesitation) comes from Middle-English um, Old Norse umb (around, about), and further down the line from Proto-Indo-European *h₂m̥bʰi (round about, around, facing against, about) and ultimately an old instrumental form of Proto-Indo-European *h₂énts (forehead, front).

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Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂énts Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) forehead, front
*h₂n̥t-bʰi Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) petrified instrumental plural of *h₂énts
*h₂m̥bʰi Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Around, on either side of, about. Facing, against. In exchange for.
*umbi Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (with accusative) around, about.
umb Old Norse (non) around, about
um Middle English (enm)
um English (eng)

Words with the same origin as um

Descendants of *ǵʰeh₁-
aboard abroad afford ago amazing around aside asleep da empty fill follow following forth full gang go going round the thee thy went ye
Descendants of *h₂ntbʰi
about above ambassador and because become before begin beginning behalf believe belong below beneath between beyond bless but butt by bye for nearby nor
Descendants of *h₂énti
abe afar ahold amelia an ancestor ante anticipation antique ashore engage hereby on one thereby unlike