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gruff

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adjective \ˈgrəf\

Simple Definition of gruff

  • : rough or very serious in manner or speech

  • of a voice : low and rough

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gruff

  1. 1 :  rough, brusque, or stern in manner, speech, or aspect <a gruff reply>

  2. 2 :  being deep and harsh :  hoarse <a gruff voice>

gruffly

adverb

gruffness

noun

Examples of gruff in a sentence

  1. Don't be fooled by his gruff manner—he's really very kind.

  2. He spoke in a gruff voice.



Origin and Etymology of gruff

Dutch grof; akin to Old High German grob coarse, hruf scurf — more at dandruff


First Known Use: 1691

Synonym Discussion of gruff

bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech and manner. bluff connotes good-natured outspokenness and unconventionality <a bluff manner>. blunt suggests directness of expression in disregard of others' feelings <a blunt appraisal>. brusque applies to a sharpness or ungraciousness <a brusque response>. curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness <a curt command>. crusty suggests a harsh or surly manner sometimes concealing an inner kindliness <a crusty exterior>. gruff suggests a hoarse or husky speech which may imply bad temper but more often implies embarrassment or shyness <puts on a gruff pose>.

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gruff

verb

Definition of gruff

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to utter in a gruff voice or manner



1706

First Known Use of gruff

1706


GRUFF Defined for Kids

gruff

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adjective \ˈgrəf\

Definition of gruff for Students

gruffer

gruffest

  1. :  rough in speech or manner <a gruff reply>

gruffly

adverb

gruffness

noun




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