gruffness


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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gruffness - a throaty harshness
harshness, roughness - the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses
2.gruffness - an abrupt discourteous mannergruffness - an abrupt discourteous manner  
rudeness, discourtesy - a manner that is rude and insulting
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Translations
غَلاظَه، فَظاظَه
mrzutost
bryskhedstudshed
skapillska
sertlikterslik

gruffness

[ˈgrʌfnɪs] N [of voice] → ronquera f; [of person, manner] → brusquedad f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

gruffness

n (of voice)Barschheit f; (of person, manner)Barschheit f, → Schroffheit f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

gruffness

[ˈgrʌfnɪs] nrudezza, scontrosità
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

gruff

(graf) adjective
1. deep and rough. a gruff voice.
2. (seeming to be) unfriendly. a gruff old man.
ˈgruffly adverb
ˈgruffness noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
His gruffness was little more than a protection which he wore to hide a complete disillusionment; and to Philip it seemed tragic to see him just waiting for death, not impatiently, but rather with loathing for it, hating old age and unable to resign himself to its limitations, and yet with the feeling that death was the only solution of the bitterness of his life.
It was significant of the man that, notwithstanding his hour of triumph, he did not depart in the slightest degree from the cold gruffness of his tone.
"How many?" he asked with a pathetic sort of gruffness.
The eyes that met mine were sad, but not reproachful; that she had been crying bitterly, I could tell by the redness of her eyelids, but her manner was unchanged from its old gruffness.
Miss Howard blinked, and a new note crept into the gruffness of her voice.
'Get off wi' ye!' he growled, with uncompromising gruffness.
It was in vain to take refuge in gruffness of speech.
"Well, what are we to do now?" asked MacDonald with some gruffness.
His lowering, monosyllabic gruffness is beautifully juxtaposed by Gina Phillips' Mrs Lovett.
The essay's final section notes Morris's somewhat uneven views on female equality but points out that the sole chapter added to the revised 1891 version is that in which a woman carver, Philippa, is assigned the role with which Morris most identifies, that of decorative artist; Forster suggests that Philippa's "gruffness and obstinacy is clearly a parody of Morris himself' (p.
He has an effortless levity that if channeled wisely, could actually have the power to bring one of his characters to life with more than just throwaway curses and schoolboy gruffness.