Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make a show of clearing one's throat.
  • intransitive v. To offer usually brief critical comments: harrumphed for a while over the proposal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Alternative spelling of harumph.
  • n. Alternative spelling of harumph.
  • v. Alternative spelling of harumph.

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It was sort of a "harrumph," but there was no vocalization, only air.

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  • Davies, though clearly parroting out the Labour party line, was much stronger than Duncan, whose fits of giggles and simpering "harrumph" responses were quite cringemaking.

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  • Time for what The Landed Underclass calls a "harrumph".

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  • It's a collective combined 'harrumph' and 'tut' coming from the heart of middle England, upon hearing the news.

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  • If it came out Roger Ebert worked for Paramount, it would be a scandal; if it was revealed Game Informer held a monthly eBay auction where game publishers bid on the cover story, gamers would log a jaded "harrumph" on the 'Net, sigh, and go back to asking the clerk at Gamestop for game recommendations.

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  • The little brother would then stomp his foot on the ground and go "harrumph".

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  • Eurella "harrumph" ed at that, then said, "The rest of your 'associates' have names?

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  • Trapper John on November 24, 2009 - 9: 31 A.M. ... that the Master Shark Baiters would let out a "harrumph" or two at this immature behavior; -)

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  • I'll use MY set definition above, since you haven't provided one yet (harrumph).

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  • "The Fry Chronicles" is so slickly charming it seems churlish to harrumph, so I'll merely take a page out of Mr. Fry's book to comment that his compilation of crotchets can be both compelling and cockamamie.

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