harrumphed

harrumph

[huh-ruhmf]
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:
1935–40; imitative

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harrumph (həˈrʌmf)
 
vb
(intr) to clear or make the noise of clearing the throat

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