to clear the throat audibly in a self-important manner: The professor harrumphed good-naturedly.
to express oneself gruffly.
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How to use harrumph in a sentence
“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
(intr) to clear or make the noise of clearing the throat
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