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gruff

Syllabification: gruff
Pronunciation: /ɡrəf
 
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Definition of gruff in English:

adjective

1Abrupt or taciturn in manner: penetrate a gruff exterior and you will find him affable
More example sentences
  • I responded nay, three times nay, though my manner had become rather gruff, and I was curt with them.
  • It is his kind, if rather terse and gruff manner that has turned his shop into an excellent meeting place for people and ideas.
  • His gruff manner always belied a kindness in him that all his close friends knew he had.
Synonyms
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
1.1(Of a voice) rough and low in pitch: she spoke with a gruff, masculine voice
More example sentences
  • He suddenly felt a rough rope around his neck and a gruff voice said to him, ‘Let go of the globe.’
  • Dave has a big, deep, booming gruff voice - that sounds like he gargles with gravel every single morning.
  • He'd been traveling all day and was looking for a good place to make camp when he heard the gruff voices laughing and talking loudly.
Synonyms
rough, guttural, throaty, gravelly, husky, croaking, rasping, raspy, growly, hoarse, harsh;
low, thick

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'coarse-grained'): from Flemish and Dutch grof 'coarse, rude', of West Germanic origin.

Derivatives

gruffly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Your new friend is just going to walk up to you, introduce itself rather gruffly, hand you a few forms to fill out, and move right on in.
  • When I called back next day to cancel my idea of a meeting, he said gruffly: ‘Come to lunch Sunday, if you can’.
  • Then, an off-the-cuff remark by a bookshop owner who gruffly suggested she should write something of her own changed the course of her life.

gruffness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • The manager - only the fifth they have had in the last 31 years - politely accepts calls at the arranged time, and has none of the disciplinarian gruffness, egotism, or eccentricity which usually characterises successful bosses.
  • Ripely fruitful, earthy nose with a hint of mineral salts leads to a delightful taste tug of war between sweet fruit and warm, earthy gruffness that keeps your interest and makes this the perfect wine for dinner.
  • They protect themselves with gruffness or acerbic wit.

Words that rhyme with gruff

bluff, buff, chough, chuff, cuff, duff, enough, fluff, guff, huff, luff, muff, puff, rough, ruff, scruff, scuff, slough, snuff, stuff, Tough, tuff

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