Definition of gruff
Origin of gruff
OTHER WORDS FROM gruffgruffish, adjectivegruffly, adverbgruffness, nounun·gruff, adjective
How to use gruff in a sentence
Bernie Sanders, known for his gruff grandpa-like appeal, was spotted wearing mittens made by a Vermont schoolteacher, which were gifted to him two years ago.Inauguration fashion was bold, American, and even a little bit fun|Terry Nguyen|January 20, 2021|Vox
"I will," gruffly replied the man, with a look which showed that he was sorry to be forced to choose the second alternative.
He looked like one who had found the world a pleasant place, and Jim gruffly described him as a "jolly old bloke."The Chequers|James Runciman
"Thank you," said the man gruffly, and turned away so abruptly that Betty felt as if some one had struck her.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope
"Then learn that you must salute all the royal carriages, whoever may be in them," said the halberdier gruffly.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
He always used to be so kind-hearted, but to-day he gruffly told me: 'Apply to M. le marquis.