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gruff

adjective uk   /ɡrʌf/ us  
(of a person's voice) low and unfriendly, or (of a person's behaviour) unfriendly or showing no patience: "If you must," came the gruff reply. He's quite a sweet man beneath the gruff exterior.Describing qualities of the human voiceNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviour
gruffly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Not being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourDescribing qualities of the human voice
gruffness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Not being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourDescribing qualities of the human voice
(Definition of gruff from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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