gruff


1gruff

adjective \ˈgrəf\

: rough or very serious in manner or speech

of a voice : low and rough

Full Definition of GRUFF

1
:  rough, brusque, or stern in manner, speech, or aspect <a gruff reply>
2
:  being deep and harsh :  hoarse <a gruff voice>
gruff·ly adverb
gruff·ness noun

Examples of GRUFF

  1. Don't be fooled by his gruff manner—he's really very kind.
  2. He spoke in a gruff voice.

Origin of GRUFF

Dutch grof; akin to Old High German grob coarse, hruf scurf — more at dandruff
First Known Use: 1691

2gruff

transitive verb

Definition of GRUFF

:  to utter in a gruff voice or manner

First Known Use of GRUFF

1706

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