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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
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