Herriot looked up and called him gruffly but not unkindly, the boy thought.
“And you're helping her,” the Crosspatch Conductor said, gruffly.
He had not gone a dozen paces before a sentry levelled his rifle and gruffly commanded him to halt.
"I've come to see Mrs. Eustace," he said gruffly when Bessie answered.
Noting her mood, Whaley gruffly took up the letter and, adjusting his black-rimmed nose-glasses, he read it.
I heard one of the men say gruffly, "Now then, you cut along off!"
"You might have been better employed," said John Minute gruffly.
"There's a little girl that I'm going to see here in Tillbury," he said gruffly.
In a moment all the events of the unlucky morning came back to her, and his gruffly unfavourable opinion.
Hilma overwhelmed him with a burst of gratitude which he gruffly pretended to deprecate.
1530s, "coarse, coarse-grained," from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German grof "coarse (in quality), thick, large," of uncertain origin, regarded by some as related to Old English hreof, Old Norse hrjufr "rough, scabby," with Germanic completive prefix ga-. Sense of "rough, surly" recorded by 1690s. Related: Gruffness.