harrumph

[huh-ruhmf]
verb (used without object)
  1. to clear the throat audibly in a self-important manner: The professor harrumphed good-naturedly.
  2. to express oneself gruffly.

Origin of harrumph

First recorded in 1935–40; imitative
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Contemporary Examples of harrumph

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British Dictionary definitions for harrumph

harrumph

verb
  1. (intr) to clear or make the noise of clearing the throat
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Word Origin and History for harrumph

representing the sound of clearing the throat or a disapproving noise, 1918, imitative. Related: Harrumphed; harrumphing.

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