Definition of harrumph
1 : to clear the throat in a pompous way
2 : to comment disapprovingly
: to utter (a comment) disapprovingly
Examples of harrumph in a Sentence
“These charges are absurd,” he harrumphed.
They stood around harrumphing about the current state of politics.
Recent Examples of harrumph from the Web
Hill harrumphed when umpire Mike Winters declined to award him a strike on a full-count curveball at the top of the zone.
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Origin and Etymology of harrumph
First Known Use: 1942See Words from the same year
HARRUMPH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of harrumph for English Language Learners
: to say (something) in a disapproving or complaining way
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