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Meaning & Definition of Gruff in English

English

Gruff

/grəf/

adjective

1. Brusque and surly and forbidding

  • "Crusty remarks"
  • "A crusty old man"
  • "His curmudgeonly temper"
  • "Gruff manner"
  • "A gruff reply"
    synonym:
  • crusty
  • ,
  • curmudgeonly
  • ,
  • gruff
  • ,
  • ill-humored
  • ,
  • ill-humoured

2. 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
    synonym:
  • gruff
  • ,
  • hoarse
  • ,
  • husky

Examples of using

Tom shouted at us in a gruff voice.