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Synonyms of gruff in English:


  • 1 a gruff reply his gruff exterior hid a sensitive nature
    abrupt, brusque, curt, short, blunt, bluff, no-nonsense;
    laconic, taciturn;
    surly, churlish, grumpy, crotchety, crabby, crabbed, cross, bad-tempered, short-tempered, ill-natured, crusty, tetchy, bearish, sullen, sour, uncivil, rude, unmannerly, impolite, discourteous, ungracious, unceremonious, offhand
    informal grouchy, off, offish
    [Antonyms] friendly, courteous
  • 2 a gruff male voice bade them enter
    [Antonyms] soft, mellow
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