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Adjective: gruff (gruffer,gruffest)  grúf
  1. Brusque and surly and forbidding
    "gruff manner"; "a gruff reply";
    - crusty, curmudgeonly, ill-humored [US], ill-humoured [Brit, Cdn]
     
  2. Deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting, illness or emotion
    "gruff voices"; "the dog's gruff barking";
    - hoarse, husky

Derived forms: gruffest, gruffer

See also: cacophonic, cacophonous, ill-natured

Encyclopedia: Gruff