from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- interjection Used to express doubt, displeasure, or contempt.
from The Century Dictionary.
- An exclamation uttered in the manner of a grunt, and expressive of disbelief, doubt, or dissatisfaction.
- To utter the syllable humph, as in dissatisfaction; mutter; grumble.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- interjection An exclamation denoting surprise, or contempt, doubt, etc.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- interjection Used to express
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I am not well assured whether an attack of the "humph" -- "the humph which is black and blue" -- is not also diagnosed by the contemplative insects and forthwith attended to.
Kirsteen, wounded, could not refrain from saying, "My mother wanted me," which was met solely by that impatient indifference which we render badly by the word humph!
"humph" -- not that he doubted the truth of the Word, but that he doubted its applicability on the present occasion.
So even if you're busy with whatever it is you're doing and you hear your partner laugh at the TV or say "humph," it's a bid for your attention and you should inquire.
There's a main funny character I think of as the Chinese Xander and his female counterpart who goes "humph" in the cutest way.
I am not well assured whether an attack of the “humph” — “the humph which is black and blue” — is not also diagnosed by the contemplative insects and forthwith attended to.
She pointed to the companionway for him to take the board to his commander and with another "humph" he stomped off.
The good-wife with a "humph" and a sigh forsook the battle,
The Doctor answered my inquiry with a non-committal "humph" of the most professional sort.
Now 'humph' bears different interpretations; it may argue assent, indifference, disgust, disapprobation -- in all cases it is aggressive; but this 'humph' seemed to be a combination of at least three of the above-mentioned frames of mind.