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gruff

adjective [-er/-est only]  us   /ɡrʌf/
dealing with people in a way that lacks patience and seems unfriendly: He has that gruff exterior, but underneath he’s very kind. If a person’s voice is gruff, it sounds low and slightly damaged.
gruffly
adverb  us   /ˈɡrʌf·li/
"You drive," Casey gruffly told Jack.
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