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EtymologyEdit

A natural utterance, first recorded in the mid-16th century.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /hʌmf/, /h(ə)mf/
  • (US) IPA(key): /hʌmf/, /h(ə)mf/, [hʌmf], [h(ɪ̈)mf]

InterjectionEdit

humph!

  1. Used to express doubt or disapproval
    • 1913 Eleanor Porter: Pollyanna: Chapter 8:
      "There!" panted Pollyanna, hastily plucking a pink from a vase near by and tucking it into the dark hair where it would give the best effect. "Now I reckon we're ready to be looked at!" And she held out the mirror in triumph.
      "Humph!" grunted the sick woman, eyeing her reflection severely. "I like red pinks better than pink ones; but then, it'll fade, anyhow, before night, so what's the difference!"

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VerbEdit

humph (third-person singular simple present humphs, present participle humphing, simple past and past participle humphed)

  1. (intransitive) To utter "humph!" in doubt or disapproval.