I. adjective Etymology: Dutch grof; akin to Old High German grob coarse, hruf scurf — more at dandruff Date: 1691 1. rough, brusque, or stern in manner, speech, or aspect <
a gruff reply
2. being deep and harsh ; hoarse <
a gruff voice
Synonyms: see bluffgruffly adverbgruffness noun II. transitive verb Date: 1706 to utter in a gruff voice or manner

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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

  • gruff — [grʌf] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Dutch; Origin: grof] speaking in a rough, unfriendly voice ▪ His manner can be rather gruff. ▪ a gruff reply ▪ His voice became gruff. >gruffly adv >gruffness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gruff — [ grʌf ] adjective 1. ) rude and unfriendly: BRUSQUE: Don t let his gruff manner scare you away. 2. ) a gruff voice has a rough low sound ╾ gruff|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Gruff — may refer to:*Gruff, a tone of voice or nature *Gruff s, Servants of The Summer Faire Court in Jim Butchers The Dresden Files series …   Wikipedia

  • gruff — gruff·ly; gruff·ness; gruff; …   English syllables

  • gruff — [adj1] bad tempered, rude abrupt, bearish, blunt, boisterous, boorish, brusque, churlish, crabbed*, crabby*, crude, crusty*, curt, discourteous, dour, fierce, grouchy*, grumpy*, ill natured, impolite, morose, nasty, offhand, rough, saturnine,… …   New thesaurus

  • gruff — index brutal, harsh, severe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gruff — 1530s, coarse, coarse grained, from M.Du. or M.L.G. grof coarse (in quality), thick, large, of uncertain origin, regarded by some as related to O.E. hreof, O.N. hrjufr rough, scabby, with Germanic completive prefix ga . Sense of rough, surly… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gruff — crusty, brusque, blunt, curt, *bluff Analogous words: surly, morose, *sullen, saturnine, crabbed, dour: churlish, boorish (see under BOOR): truculent, *fierce Contrasted words: *suave, urbane, bland, smooth: unctuous, oily, slick, soapy, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gruff — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a voice) rough and low in pitch. 2) abrupt or taciturn in manner. DERIVATIVES gruffly adverb gruffness noun. ORIGIN from Flemish and Dutch grof coarse, rude …   English terms dictionary

  • gruff — [gruf] adj. [< Du grof, akin to Ger grob, coarse, surly < OHG gerob < ge , intens. + base akin to OE hreof, rough, scabby < IE base * kreup : see GRAUPEL] 1. rough or surly in manner or speech; brusquely rude 2. harsh and throaty;… …   English World dictionary

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