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"gruff" in British English

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gruffadjective

uk   us   /ɡrʌf/
(of a person's ​voice) ​low and ​unfriendly, or (of a person's ​behaviour) ​unfriendly or ​showing no ​patience: "Yeah, so what?" came the gruff ​reply. He's ​quite a ​sweet man beneath the gruff ​exterior.
gruffly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
"You ​drive," Casey gruffly told Jack.
gruffness
noun [U] uk   us   /-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 ​lackspatience and ​seemsunfriendly: He has that gruff ​exterior, but ​underneath he’s very ​kind. If a person’s ​voice is gruff, it ​soundslow and ​slightlydamaged.
gruffly
adverb  us   /ˈɡrʌf·li/
"You ​drive," Casey gruffly told Jack.
(Definition of gruff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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