harrumph
verb Etymology: imitative Date: 1942 intransitive verb 1. to clear the throat in a pompous way 2. to comment disapprovingly transitive verb to utter (a comment) disapprovingly • harrumph noun

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  • harrumph — representing the sound of clearing the throat or a disapproving noise, 1918, imitative. Related: Harrumphed; harrumphing …   Etymology dictionary

  • harrumph — ► VERB 1) clear the throat noisily. 2) grumpily express dissatisfaction. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • harrumph — [hə rumpf′: ] conventionalized pronun. vi. [echoic] 1. to clear one s throat, esp. in a studied, pompous way 2. to protest or complain in a pompous or self righteous way n. the act or sound of harrumphing interj. used to suggest such a sound …   English World dictionary

  • harrumph — [hə rʌmf] verb 1》 clear the throat noisily. 2》 grumpily express dissatisfaction: sceptics tend to harrumph at case histories like this. Origin 1930s: imitative …   English new terms dictionary

  • harrumph — /heuh rumf /, v.i. 1. to clear the throat audibly in a self important manner: The professor harrumphed good naturedly. 2. to express oneself gruffly. [1935 40; imit.] * * * …   Universalium

  • harrumph — har·rumph || hÉ™ rÊŒmpf v. clear one s throat in a pompous manner; clear one s throat as a sign of disapproval; make a negative comment (about something) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • harrumph — har·rumph …   English syllables

  • harrumph — har•rumph [[t]həˈrʌmf[/t]] v. i. 1) to clear the throat in a self important way 2) to express oneself gruffly • Etymology: imit …   From formal English to slang

  • harrumph — /həˈrʊmf/ (say huh roomf) interjection (an exclamation expressing indignation, annoyance, etc.) Also, harumph …   Australian English dictionary

  • harrumph — v.intr. US clear the throat or make a similar sound, esp. ostentatiously. Etymology: imit …   Useful english dictionary

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