: rough, brusque, or stern in manner, speech, or aspect <a gruff reply>
: being deep and harsh : hoarse <a gruff voice>
— gruff·ly adverb
— gruff·ness noun
Examples of GRUFF
- Don't be fooled by his gruff manner—he's really very kind.
- He spoke in a gruff voice.
Origin of GRUFF
akin to Old High German grob
scurf — more at dandruff
First Known Use: 1691
Related to GRUFF
- coarse, croaking, croaky, grating, gravel, gravelly, hoarse, husky, rasping, raspy, rusty, scratchy, throaty
- benign, benignant, gentle, mild, nonintimidating, tender
See Synonym Discussion at bluff
Rhymes with GRUFF
: to utter in a gruff voice or manner
First Known Use of GRUFF
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