gruff´ly


gruff´ly
gruff «gruhf», adjective, verb.
–adj.
1. deep and harsh; hoarse: »

a gruff voice.

SYNONYM(S): guttural.
2. rough, rude, unfriendly, or bad-tempered: »

a gruff manner.

SYNONYM(S): grumpy, brusque, impolite, surly.
3. containing coarse particles.
–v.i., v.t.
to act, speak, or say in a gruff manner: »

Tough, burly Johnson gruffed: “This is the first time I've ever been called a handmaiden” (Time).

[< Middle Dutch or Middle Low German grof]
gruff´ly, adverb.
gruff´ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • gruff — [grʌf] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Dutch; Origin: grof] speaking in a rough, unfriendly voice ▪ His manner can be rather gruff. ▪ a gruff reply ▪ His voice became gruff. >gruffly adv >gruffness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • gruff — index brutal, harsh, severe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gruff — 1530s, coarse, coarse grained, from M.Du. or M.L.G. grof coarse (in quality), thick, large, of uncertain origin, regarded by some as related to O.E. hreof, O.N. hrjufr rough, scabby, with Germanic completive prefix ga . Sense of rough, surly… …   Etymology dictionary