- to clear the throat audibly in a self-important manner: The professor harrumphed good-naturedly.
- to express oneself gruffly.
Origin of harrumph
First recorded in 1935–40; imitative
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- (intr) to clear or make the noise of clearing the throat
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Word Origin and History for harrumphed
representing the sound of clearing the throat or a disapproving noise, 1918, imitative. Related: Harrumphed; harrumphing.
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