humph

[ an inarticulate expression resembling a snort; spelling pronunciation huhmf ]
/ an inarticulate expression resembling a snort; spelling pronunciation hʌmf /
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interjection

(used to indicate disbelief, contempt, etc.)

verb (used with or without object)

to utter by or as if by expressing “humph.”

Origin of humph

First recorded in 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for humphed

  • When she got in the wagon she rumbled and "pah'd" and "humphed."

    Plain Mary Smith|Henry Wallace Phillips

British Dictionary definitions for humphed

humph

/ (spelling pron hʌmf) /

interjection

an exclamation of annoyance, dissatisfaction, scepticism, etc
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Word Origin and History for humphed

humph


as a grunting sound of disdain, etc., from 1815.

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