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English definition of “gruff”

gruff

adjective [-er/-est only]    /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    /ˈɡrʌf·li/ adverb "You drive," Casey gruffly told Jack.
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