What does gruff mean?

Definitions for gruffgrʌf

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gruff.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crusty, curmudgeonly, gruff, ill-humored, ill-humoured(adj)

    brusque and surly and forbidding

    "crusty remarks"; "a crusty old man"; "his curmudgeonly temper"; "gruff manner"; "a gruff reply"

  2. gruff, hoarse, husky(adj)

    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion

    "gruff voices"; "the dog's gruff barking"; "hoarse cries"; "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"- Virgil Thomson


  1. gruff(Adjective)

    To have a rough, surly, or harsh nature.

  2. gruff(Adjective)

    Hoarse voiced.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gruff

    of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour; surly; severe; harsh

  2. Origin: [D. grof; akin to G. grob, OHG. gerob, grob, Dan. grov, Sw. grof, perh. akin to AS. rcfan to break, Z. reavc, rupture, g- standing for the AS. prefix ge-, Goth. ga-.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gruff

    gruf, adj. rough, stern, or abrupt in manner: churlish.—adv. Gruff′ly.—n. Gruff′ness. [Dut. grof; cog. with Sw. grof, Ger. grob, coarse.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gruff in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gruff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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Translations for gruff

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • bourruFrench
  • грубый, хриплый, сердитый, неприветливыйRussian

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