What does gruff mean?

Definitions for gruff
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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

Wiktionary

  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.]

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Numerology

  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

Examples of gruff in a Sentence

  1. Mike King:

    I carried on, and said, ‘I’m OK, and now I’ve got this excuse to be a mean, gruff sergeant.

  2. Mike Huckabee:

    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.

  3. Richard Tarrant:

    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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  • bourruFrench
  • грубый, хриплый, сердитый, неприветливыйRussian

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