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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Definitions for harrumph

  1. to clear the throat audibly in a self-important manner: The professor harrumphed good-naturedly.
  2. to express oneself gruffly.

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Citations for harrumph
He harrumphed and wheezed, tugged on a greying whisker, cast his gaze around my tiny cabin for another topic. Ronald Wright, Henderson's Spear, 2001
He studied me with a cold policeman's eye. I resorted once again to my mumbling tactics. He harrumphed and we both went our ways. Ted Reynolds, "Furtive Free Ride," Life, February 7, 1964
Origin of harrumph
1935-1940
Harrumph was first recorded in the 1930s. It is imitative of the sound made by clearing the throat.
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