harrumph

[ 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.

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Origin of harrumph

First recorded in 1935–40; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for harrumph

harrumph
/ (həˈrʌmf) /

verb

(intr) to clear or make the noise of clearing the throat
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