1. the border on a garment or piece of cloth, usually made by folding the edge and sewing it down
2. any border, edge, or margin
verb transitiveWord forms: hemmed or ˈhemming
3. to fold back the edge of and sew down; put a hem or hems on
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Word origin of 'hem'
ME < OE, akin to MLowG ham
, enclosed piece of land < IE base *kem-
, to compress, impede > hamper1