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harrumph

verb har·rumph \hə-ˈrəm(p)f\

: to say (something) in a disapproving or complaining way

Full Definition of HARRUMPH

intransitive verb
1
:  to clear the throat in a pompous way
2
:  to comment disapprovingly
transitive verb
:  to utter (a comment) disapprovingly
harrumph noun

Examples of HARRUMPH

  1. These charges are absurd, he harrumphed.
  2. They stood around harrumphing about the current state of politics.

Origin of HARRUMPH

imitative
First Known Use: 1942

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