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humph

interjection \a snort articulated as a syllabic m or n with a voiceless onset and ending in a nasal h or a glottal stop; often read as ˈhəm(p)f\

Definition of humph

  1. —used to express doubt or contempt



Origin of humph

imitative of a grunt


First Known Use: 1803


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humph

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verb \ˈhəm(p)f\

Definition of humph

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to utter a humph

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to utter (as a remark) in a tone suggestive of a humph



1814

First Known Use of humph

1814


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