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[an inarticulate expression resembling a snort; spelling pronunciation huhmf]
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  1. (used to indicate disbelief, contempt, etc.)
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to utter by or as if by expressing “humph.”

Origin of humph

First recorded in 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for humph

Historical Examples

  • I see it is also the name of the witness appealed to by Mrs. Morton—humph!

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • His only comments on the disclosure of kinship were a "Humph!"

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Egbert finds the climate there agrees with him, I suppose—— Humph!

    Fair Harbor</p>

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • For instance, to-night his spite got a little too much for him and he said: 'Humph!'

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • At the mention of Benjamin Jessup's name, an ominous 'humph!'

British Dictionary definitions for humph


  1. an exclamation of annoyance, dissatisfaction, scepticism, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for humph

as a grunting sound of disdain, etc., from 1815.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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