Share this entry

Share this page


Synonyms of gruff in English:


  • 1 a gruff reply his gruff exterior
    abrupt, brusque, curt, short, blunt, bluff, no-nonsense;
    laconic, taciturn;
    surly, churlish, grumpy, crotchety, curmudgeonly, crabby, cross, bad-tempered, short-tempered, ill-natured, crusty, tetchy, bearish, ungracious, unceremonious
    informal grouchy
    [Antonyms] friendly, courteous
  • 2 a gruff voice
    rough, guttural, throaty, gravelly, husky, croaking, rasping, raspy, growly, hoarse, harsh;
    low, thick
    [Antonyms] mellow, soft
  • Choose the right word

    See brusque

    Definition of gruff in:

    Share this entry

    Share this page


    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

    Word of the day ingratiate
    Pronunciation: ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪt
    bring oneself into favour with someone through flattery…