Simple Definition of gruff
: 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>
Examples of gruff in a sentence
Don't be fooled by his gruff manner—he's really very kind.
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
Definition of gruff
: to utter in a gruff voice or manner
First Known Use of gruff
Rhymes with gruff
bluff, buff, chough, chuff, cuff, duff, fluff, guff, huff, luff, muff, puff, rough, ruff, scruff, scuff, slough, snuff, sough, stuff, tough, tuff
GRUFF Defined for Kids
Definition of gruff for Students
: rough in speech or manner <a gruff reply>
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