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gruff

 (grŭf)
adj. gruff·er, gruff·est
1. Brusque or stern in manner or appearance: a gruff reply.
2. Hoarse; harsh: a gruff voice.

[Dutch grof, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German.]

gruff′ly adv.
gruff′ness n.
Synonyms: gruff, brusque, blunt2, curt
These adjectives mean abrupt and sometimes discourteous in manner or speech. Gruff implies roughness or surliness but does not necessarily suggest rudeness: a decent fellow once you get past the gruff manner. Brusque emphasizes rude abruptness: dismissed us with a brusque wave of the hand. Blunt stresses utter frankness and usually a disconcerting directness: was blunt in her disapproval of the idea. Curt denotes usually rude briefness and abruptness of speech: a curt, two-line letter of rejection.

gruff

(ɡrʌf)
adj
1. rough or surly in manner, speech, etc: a gruff reply.
2. (of a voice, bark, etc) low and throaty
[C16: originally Scottish, from Dutch grof, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German girob; related to Old English hrēof, Lithuanian kraupùs]
ˈgruffish adj
ˈgruffly adv
ˈgruffness n

gruff

(grʌf)

adj. -er, -est.
1. low and harsh; hoarse: a gruff voice.
2. rough, brusque, or surly: a gruff manner.
[1525–35; < Middle Dutch grof coarse, c. Old High German grob]
gruff′ly, adv.
gruff′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.gruff - brusque and surly and forbidding; "crusty remarks"; "a crusty old man"; "his curmudgeonly temper"; "gruff manner"; "a gruff reply"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
2.gruff - 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
cacophonic, cacophonous - having an unpleasant sound; "as cacophonous as a henyard"- John McCarten

gruff

adjective
1. hoarse, rough, harsh, rasping, husky, low, croaking, throaty, guttural He picked up the phone expecting to hear the chairman's gruff voice.
hoarse sweet, smooth, mellifluous

gruff

adjective
1. Rudely unceremonious:
2. Low and grating in sound:
Translations
غليظ، أجَشفَظ، غير وُدّي
chraplavýdrsnýnevrlý
bryskgrovhæsstuds
rekedtes
hranalegurrámur, hás
gergždžiančiu balsugergždžiantisstačiokiškumas
nedraudzīgsparupjšpiesmacisskarbs

gruff

[grʌf] ADJ (gruffer (compar) (gruffest (superl))) [voice] → ronco; [manner] → brusco

gruff

[ˈgrʌf] adj [voice] → bourru(e); [exterior] → bourru(e)

gruff

adj voicebarsch; (= brusque) person, mannerbarsch, schroff; exteriorbärbeißig

gruff

[grʌf] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) → burbero/a

gruff

(graf) adjective
1. deep and rough. a gruff voice.
2. (seeming to be) unfriendly. a gruff old man.
ˈgruffly adverb
ˈgruffness noun
References in classic literature ?
The gruff voice was gruffer than ever, as the old gentleman said abruptly, after the dreadful pause, "So you're not afraid of me, hey?
Her voice was gruffer, her manner more downright, and she was inclined to patronize the more foolish virgin.
The sound of the engine was a little gruffer, whereas the V's was a lot smoother, but it was still a Spit-fire and the sound was still like music to your ears.
Matched with an eightspeed automatic box using lever and paddles it instantly provides a seamless spread of power when depressing the throttle and while it is not particularly quiet it can also be encouraged to sound gruffer with a sport switch.
Matched with an eight-speed automatic box using lever and paddles, it instantly provides a seamless spread of power from depressing the throttle and while it is not particularly quiet, it can also be encouraged to sound gruffer with a sport switch.
Matched to with an eight-speed automatic box using lever and paddles it instantly provides a seamless spread of power from depressing the throttle and while it is not particularly quiet it can also be encouraged to sound gruffer with a sport switch.
The hedgehog overlord himself, SIRALANLORDSUGAR, seems even gruffer than usual this series.
I wanted to be vocally rawer and gruffer than some of the other songs I've sung and I wanted the lyrics to reflect it.
2 TSI petrol engine as it's noisier and gruffer but, if you do lots of miles, you'll like its economy.
2 TSI petrol engine as it's noisier and gruffer, but if you do a lot of miles you'll like its economy.
for a tough dog; a tougher dog needs a gruffer voice, but it is just as important to use a soft voice for a soft dog.
She is like a friendlier, lighter energy whereas Mikaela (Fox) was a gruffer biker chick and had a darker energy," she explains.