Gruffest
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. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Gruff, disagreeable, sarcastic remarks. --Thackeray. -- {Gruff"ly}, adv. -- {Gruff"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • gruffest — grÊŒf adj. rough, harsh; hoarse, raspy; coarse, crude; rude, surly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gruffer — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gruffly — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gruffness — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gruff — gruffish, adj. gruffly, adv. gruffness, n. /gruf/, adj., gruffer, gruffest. 1. low and harsh; hoarse: a gruff voice. 2. rough, brusque, or surly: a gruff manner. [1525 35; < MD grof coarse; c. G grob] Syn. 2. curt …   Universalium

  • gruff — UK [ɡrʌf] / US adjective Word forms gruff : adjective gruff comparative gruffer superlative gruffest 1) rude and unfriendly Don t let his gruff manner put you off. 2) a gruff voice has a rough low sound Derived word: gruffly adverb …   English dictionary

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