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


(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humphed

Historical Examples of 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



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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper