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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gruff  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gruff 
  adj  1:  brusque  and  surly  and  forbidding;  "crusty  remarks";  "a 
  crusty  old  man";  "his  curmudgeonly  temper";  "gruff 
  manner";  "a  gruff  reply"  [syn:  {crusty},  {curmudgeonly}, 
  {ill-humored},  {ill-humoured}] 
  2:  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  [syn:  {hoarse},  {husky}] 




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