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gruff
WordNet 2.0
  • deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
  • "gruff voices"
  • "the dog''s gruff barking"
  • "hoarse cries"
  • "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"- Virgil Thomson
  • brusque and surly and forbidding
  • "crusty remarks"
  • "a crusty old man"
  • "his curmudgeonly temper"
  • "gruff manner"
  • "a gruff reply"
gruff
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour; surly; severe; harsh. Addison.

    "Gruff, disagreeable, sarcastic remarks." -- Thackeray.

    -- Gruff"ly, adv. -- Gruff"ness, n.

 

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