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harrumph

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verb har·rumph \hə-ˈrəm(p)f\

Simple Definition of harrumph

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

Full Definition of harrumph

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to clear the throat in a pompous way

  3. 2 :  to comment disapprovingly

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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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