gruff

[ gruhf ]
/ grʌf /

adjective, gruff·er, gruff·est.

low and harsh; hoarse: a gruff voice.
rough, brusque, or surly: a gruff manner.

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Origin of gruff

1525–35; <Middle Dutch grof coarse; cognate with German grob

OTHER WORDS FROM gruff

gruffish, adjectivegruffly, adverbgruffness, nounun·gruff, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gruff

gruff
/ (ɡrʌf) /

adjective

rough or surly in manner, speech, etca gruff reply
(of a voice, bark, etc) low and throaty

Derived forms of gruff

gruffish, adjectivegruffly, adverbgruffness, noun

Word Origin for gruff

C16: originally Scottish, from Dutch grof, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German girob; related to Old English hrēof, Lithuanian kraupùs
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