Is there a term for a person's audible reaction, the quoted written form of which we typically find spelled as heh or hmph?
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I think they express different sentiments (and thus call for different words).
Heh (a slight laugh) could be described as a chuckle.
Hmph (a sound of disapproval) could be described as a harrumph.
A female friend who was baffled about why her husband wasn't having some minor health problem seen to said
I suggested that he had
She agreed and was--perhaps--enlightened. At least she bullied him into giving a real response and eventually into seeing the doctor.
Anyway, it's not a single word or a particularly sonorous phrase, but I think it covers the whole category. Learning to interpret the ones your SO uses is a whole different problem.