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"
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
To have a rough, surly, or harsh nature.
of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour; surly; severe; harsh
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
gruf, adj. rough, stern, or abrupt in manner: churlish.—adv. Gruff′ly.—n. Gruff′ness. [Dut. grof; cog. with Sw. grof, Ger. grob, coarse.]
The numerical value of gruff in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of gruff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I carried on, and said, ‘I’m OK, and now I’ve got this excuse to be a mean, gruff sergeant.
She grew up pretty doggone tough. She had to, as a matter of survival, she’s got a very sweet heart, but she’s tough, and she can handle herself. She’s had to take all kinds of gruff from her brothers, so she’s pretty fearless.
His style is a little gruff. You can poke at him and get him angry, but he's good at rolling out of it, he's got numbers, he's got facts, and if he gets caught by surprise he'll shift really quickly to his stump message. I don't think Hillary stands a chance against him.
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