Definitions for gruffgrʌf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gruffgrʌf(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. low and harsh; hoarse:

    a gruff voice.

  2. rough, brusque, or surly:

    a gruff manner.

Origin of gruff:

1525–35; < MD grof coarse, c. OHG grob


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

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deep and rough

a gruff voice.

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