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[huh-ruhmf] /həˈrʌmf/
verb (used without object)
to clear the throat audibly in a self-important manner:
The professor harrumphed good-naturedly.
to express oneself gruffly.
Origin of harrumph
1935-40; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The Phoenix harrumphed several times in its throat and shuffled its feet.

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • She harrumphed a bit, as suspicious as she usually is, and I went to the stove for more coffee.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
British Dictionary definitions for harrumphed


(intransitive) to clear or make the noise of clearing the throat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for harrumphed



To speak disparagingly or indignantly: Louise Trubek harrumphed that title insurance is regarded as a ''consumer rip-off''/ She harrumphed and slammed her door closed (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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