Definition of "gruff" []

  • Brusque or stern in manner or appearance: a gruff reply. (adjective)
  • Hoarse; harsh: a gruff voice. (adjective)
  • Rough or surly in manner, speech, etc (adjective)

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  • (of a voice, bark, etc) low and throaty (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "gruff" in a sentence
  • "First Impression: Harley is described as a gruff, nasty, and rebellious biker."
  • "At first Robber Mother answered in short, gruff sentences, but by degrees she became more subdued and listened more intently."
  • "Mr. Richard seemed to be denying or refusing something in short gruff gasps of breath."