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harrumph

[huh-ruhmf] /həˈrʌmf/
verb (used without object)
1.
to clear the throat audibly in a self-important manner:
The professor harrumphed good-naturedly.
2.
to express oneself gruffly.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for harrumphed

harrumph

/həˈrʌmf/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to clear or make the noise of clearing the throat
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Word Origin and History for harrumphed

harrumph

representing the sound of clearing the throat or a disapproving noise, 1918, imitative. Related: Harrumphed; harrumphing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for harrumphed

harrumph

verb

To speak disparagingly or indignantly: Louise Trubek harrumphed that title insurance is regarded as a ''consumer rip-off''/ She harrumphed and slammed her door closed (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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