harrumph

verb
har·​rumph | \ hə-ˈrəm(p)f \
harrumphed; harrumphing; harrumphs

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

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Other Words from harrumph

harrumph noun

Examples of harrumph in a Sentence

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

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The edict provoked harrumphing up and down yachting's old line, mainly for aesthetic reasons. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 And just like that, America turned Thursday from harrumphing about Roseanne Barr's racist Twitter twaddle to sputtering about Samantha Bee's profane TV patter. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Samantha Bee vs Roseanne Barr: Double standard? Twitter reacts," 31 May 2018 By the 1930s the grande dame was already becoming an archetype—the stock character duchess harrumphing through Agatha Christie mysteries and screwball comedies, clinging to a bygone era. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, "The Revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and the Evolution of the Society Grand Dame," 20 Sep. 2016 Dragonman appears from the back, wiping grease from his hands, harrumphing a little. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Dragonman, the Man Who Sells “People-Hunting Guns”," 7 Mar. 2018 Paul Ryan’s caucus barely inched its resolution across the finish line, amid conservatives’ harrumphing about the inadequacy of its cuts to spending on anti-poverty programs. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Afraid His Tax Plan Is Doomed. He Should Be.," 18 Oct. 2017 Shane harrumphed a time or two, then carried me one more time across that swollen creek. Christopher Reynolds, ajc, "Explore Sierra high country on horseback," 8 Aug. 2017 Shane harrumphed a time or two, then carried me one more time across that swollen creek. Christopher Reynolds, ajc, "Explore Sierra high country on horseback," 8 Aug. 2017 Shane harrumphed a time or two, then carried me one more time across that swollen creek. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "How a tenderfoot's horse trek in the Sierra showed him the magic of this pristine high country," 30 July 2017

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First Known Use of harrumph

1942, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for harrumph

imitative

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harrs

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Harsanyi

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harrumph

verb

English Language Learners Definition of harrumph

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

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