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.
in a rough, brusque, or surly manner: “Hey, now, cut that out!” he said gruffly, looking at us with a stern frown.
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How to use gruffly 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.The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue