har·​rumph | \ hə-ˈrəm(p)f How to pronounce harrumph (audio) \
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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harrumph noun

Examples of harrumph in a Sentence

“These charges are absurd,” he harrumphed. They stood around harrumphing about the current state of politics.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s why the person harrumphing new usage quickly becomes the one sounding uneducated. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: The breadwinner feels pressure to bring in more dough," 1 Mar. 2020 Jenkins suggests that this was disingenuous, and that old Charles had reasons for harrumphing away what young Charles may have absorbed in Edinburgh. David Quammen, The New York Review of Books, "The Brilliant Plodder," 8 Apr. 2020 Bobbie Bell is delightful as Scrooge — snarling, bristling and just generally harrumphing with flair. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Christmas Carol,’ ‘Bedford Falls’ fail to set my heart aglow | Reviews," 3 Dec. 2019 This also gives me a chance to harrumph at the dad for using his wife as a prop. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Daughter’s birthday party location creates tension," 27 July 2019 The style was jarringly different, and some old-school critics harrumphed. Neil Genzlinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Peter Whitehead, swinging ’60s filmmaker, dies at 82," 19 June 2019 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 Hill harrumphed when umpire Mike Winters declined to award him a strike on a full-count curveball at the top of the zone. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers, Rich Hill avenge a loss to Cardinals with a 5-1 victory, and bullpen is big," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of harrumph

1942, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of harrumph was in 1942

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“Harrumph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harrumph. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of harrumph

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

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