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English definition of “gruff”

gruff

adjective     /ɡrʌf/
(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     /-li/ adverb Not being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourDescribing qualities of the human voice gruffness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Not being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourDescribing qualities of the human voice
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