from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Altered by contact with igneous rock: said of coal.


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  • She asked, but I couldn't make her porcelain shatter so I humphed my own foundations instead.


  • Sir William humphed, and turned to Mary, You remember my mentioning Charlotte, my younger daughter?

    The Blackstone Key

  • Edna humphed, “Unless you get yourself with child.”

    Marriage Most Scandalous

  • He handed her into the curricle; as he sat beside her, she humphed.

    Hero Come Back

  • He thought she humphed, but as she lifted her head and swung to the door, he took that as assent.

    Hero Come Back

  • She humphed — that seemed to be her way of signifying grudging assent; before he could help her, she clambered up into the curricle.

    Hero Come Back

  • She humphed, shot him another, more dire, warning glance, and walked on even faster.

    The Ideal Bride

  • When he wished, he could be disgustingly charming; she watched him smile at the countess and bow over her hand, and inwardly humphed.

    The Ideal Bride

  • She humphed and looked ahead, not at all sure she approved of such a tack, yet … as they cantered through the golden afternoon, she drew a certain measure of comfort from it.

    The Ideal Bride

  • She humphed as she turned away; he watched her walk down the corridor, distracting hips swishing, then he smiled and turned to the urns.

    The Ideal Bride


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