\ 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 How to pronounce humph (audio) \

Definition of humph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to express doubt or contempt

humph

verb
\ ˈhəm(p)f How to pronounce humph (audio) \
humphed; humphing; humphs

Definition of humph (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to utter a humph

transitive verb

: to utter (something, such as a remark) in a tone suggestive of a humph

First Known Use of humph

Interjection

1803, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1814, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for humph

Interjection

imitative of a grunt

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“Humph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humph. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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