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Meaning of GRUFF

Pronunciation:  gruf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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
  2. [adj]  brusque and surly and forbidding; "crusty remarks"; "a crusty old man"; "his curmudgeonly temper"; "gruff manner"; "a gruff reply"

GRUFF is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: cacophonic, cacophonous, crusty, curmudgeonly, hoarse, husky, ill-humored, ill-humoured, ill-natured



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gruff\, a. [Compar. {Gruffer}; 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.

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

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