Meaning of “gruff” in the English Dictionary

"gruff" in British English

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gruffadjective

uk /ɡrʌf/ us /ɡrʌf/
gruffly
adverb uk /ˈɡrʌf.li/ us /ˈɡrʌf.li/

"You drive," Casey gruffly told Jack.
gruffness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈɡrʌf.nəs/ us /ˈɡrʌf.nəs/

(Definition of “gruff” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gruff" in American English

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gruffadjective [ -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.

(Definition of “gruff” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)