adjective, gruff·er, gruff·est.
- gruenberg, louis,
Origin of gruff
Examples from the Web for gruffly
"I don't see what good that would do," said Commissioner Kondorman, gruffly.The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon|Richard Connell
He looked at the lads suspiciously, and with an air of disappointment, and then gruffly demanded their business.In the Days of Washington|William Murray Graydon
Warrenton said gruffly to him: "Count, miller; count truly and honestly."Robin Hood|Paul Creswick
"And a crazy, wild-eyed scheme at that," said Annixter gruffly.The Octopus|Frank Norris
"I was n't thinking of the title," said Grog, gruffly, as he relapsed into a moody silence.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)|Charles James Lever
Word Origin for gruff
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.