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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A gruff voice commanded us to enter.
▪ You listen to his gruff voice giving orders to his crew as they row him out to his ketch.
▪ He heard a man's gruff voice and a loud slap, followed by familiar lilting laughter.
▪ The victim said he stood out because of his short size and deep, gruff voice.
▪ "If this happens again,'' said Dad, in a gruff voice, "I shall be extremely angry!''
▪ Dad can be gruff and impatient at times.
▪ He was an irritable old man, who seldom spoke except to say a gruff hello.
▪ And when he wept he was not gruff.
▪ He alarmed us as children: he had a gruff manner, a game leg and a pronounced cast in one eye.
▪ He muttered gruff compliments and showed his student how to prepare a palette.
▪ He stared up at the gruff old man who was so kind to him.
▪ He was kind of gruff and all.
▪ You listen to his gruff voice giving orders to his crew as they row him out to his ketch.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gruff \Gruff\ (gr[u^]f), a. [Compar. Gruffer (gr[u^]f"[~e]r); superl. Gruffest.] [D. grof; akin to G. grob, OHG. gerob, grob, Dan. grov, Sw. grof, perh. akin to AS. rc['o]fan to break, Z. reavc, rupture, g- standing for the AS. prefix ge-, Goth. ga-.] Of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour; surly; severe; harsh.

Gruff, disagreeable, sarcastic remarks.
--Thackeray. -- Gruff"ly, adv. -- Gruff"ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.

  1. 1 having a rough, surly, and harsh demeanor and nature. 2 hoarse-voiced. v

  2. To speak gruffly.

  1. adj. brusque and surly and forbidding; "crusty remarks"; "a crusty old man"; "his curmudgeonly temper"; "gruff manner"; "a gruff reply" [syn: crusty, curmudgeonly, ill-humored, ill-humoured]

  2. deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion; "gruff voices"; "the dog's gruff barking"; "hoarse cries"; "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"- Virgil Thomson [syn: hoarse, husky]


Gruff may refer to:

  • Gruff, harsh and surly in nature and/or tone of voice
  • Gruffs, servants of the Summer Faerie Court in Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files series
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Norwegian folk-tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Gruff, a character in Legend of the NeverBeast from Disney

Usage examples of "gruff".

The gruff old Basque poet had been down here for two days, making base camp at the foot of the cone and taking little Theseus sorties into the small caves and galleries that gave out from the principal chamber.

For all of his gruff talk and his grizzled look, Horner Dees knew what he was doing.

Rejoining the two who covered the servant, Goofer gruffed questions to the prisoner.

Vladimir remarked with a deliberately off-hand carelessness and in gruff tones that he was going to the Rue de la Huchette, and set off as soon as he had finished eating.

A couple of them were unhappy about leaving Kibbo and Foster behind, but Ntoko quelled their dissent with a few gruff words about how the guys would want the platoon to reach the spaceport.

When he spoke, it was with the common gestures punctuated with the gruff words of everyday speech.

The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a Gothic window in the wall, became invisible, and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds, with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.

His voice was soft and neutral and that surprised her because she expected lawyers would ask questions with gruff voices, sneery and mean.

Finally, a gruff voice had answered and cursed her roundly, demanding to know what she was doing, calling a pay phone on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Fif tieth Street.

City Watch, in conjunction with the Guilstapo, have arrested a suspect, one Mr Pottern Gruff, in Westside this afternoon and charged him with the Hightown Hacker murders.

Having made one or two tentative remarks to the nearest miner, and receiving only short, gruff replies, the traveller resigned himself to uncongenial silence, staring moodily out of the window at the fading landscape.

So Sarge turned off the lights, gruffing that it had all been a big mistake.

He nodded to the Hackworths and mumbled something gruff but polite through his chinstrap as father and daughter rode out of New Atlantis and into a gaudy dave full of loutish thetes scrumming and chanting before the entrances of pubs.

When I was in college, my father, a gruff undemonstrative man, died of a stroke on a ladder one Saturday afternoon while painting the house.

He was large, gruff, clumsy, and unpolished, but he was learning courtly ways fast.