[ huh-ruhmf ]
/ həˈrʌmf /
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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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Example sentences from the Web for harrumph
“The most dangerous men are those who are in charge of war,” he harrumphed.
The Phoenix harrumphed several times in its throat and shuffled its feet.David and the Phoenix|Edward Ormondroyd
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
British Dictionary definitions for harrumph
/ (həˈrʌmf) /
(intr) to clear or make the noise of clearing the throat
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