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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Definitions for harrumph

  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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Citations for harrumph
He harrumphed and wheezed, tugged on a greying whisker, cast his gaze around my tiny cabin for another topic. Ronald Wright, Henderson's Spear, 2001
He studied me with a cold policeman's eye. I resorted once again to my mumbling tactics. He harrumphed and we both went our ways. Ted Reynolds, "Furtive Free Ride," Life, February 7, 1964
Origin of harrumph
Harrumph was first recorded in the 1930s. It is imitative of the sound made by clearing the throat.