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adjective \ˈgrəf\

: rough or very serious in manner or speech

of a voice : low and rough

Full Definition of GRUFF

:  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

  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

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>.



Definition of GRUFF

transitive verb
:  to utter in a gruff voice or manner

First Known Use of GRUFF

GRUFFLY Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈgrəf\

Definition of GRUFF for Kids

:  rough in speech or manner <a gruff reply>
gruff·ly adverb
gruff·ness noun


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