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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.
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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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