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harrumph

[huh-ruhmf]
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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.
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Origin of harrumph

First recorded in 1935–40; imitative
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  • 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

  • The Phoenix harrumphed several times in its throat and shuffled its feet.

    David and the Phoenix

    Edward Ormondroyd


British Dictionary definitions for harrumphed

harrumph

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

harrumph

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

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