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  1. in a low, harsh, gravelly voice; hoarsely: The album is nothing but monster hit after monster hit, all played energetically and sung gruffly by these aging rockers.

  2. in a rough, brusque, or surly manner: “Hey, now, cut that out!” he said gruffly, looking at us with a stern frown.

Origin of gruffly

First recorded in 1680–90; gruff + -ly

Words Nearby gruffly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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