harrumph

verb
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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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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This also gives me a chance to harrumph at the dad for using his wife as a prop. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: He says my plan for my daughter’s birthday party is insulting," 27 July 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 This also gives me a chance to harrumph at the dad for using his wife as a prop. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: He says my plan for my daughter’s birthday party is insulting," 27 July 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 This also gives me a chance to harrumph at the dad for using his wife as a prop. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: He says my plan for my daughter’s birthday party is insulting," 27 July 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 This also gives me a chance to harrumph at the dad for using his wife as a prop. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: He says my plan for my daughter’s birthday party is insulting," 27 July 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

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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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Dictionary Entries near harrumph

harrowing

harrow-plow

harrs

harrumph

harry

Harsanyi

harsh

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19 Sep 2019

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The first known use of harrumph was in 1942

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harrumph

verb

English Language Learners Definition of harrumph

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

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