gruff

Gruff is an abrupt or forbidding tone. It's the kind of short, brusque response you'd give a telemarketer who called you in the middle of dinner — right before you hung up.

Gruff is the perfect adjective to describe a crotchety old man who rarely leaves his house and yells at any children who dare to cross his lawn. You can almost imagine the rough tone of his voice as he points his cane at those pesky "trespassers," his deep, terrifying bark, causing all the children on his lawn to immediately scatter.

Primary Meanings of gruff

1.
adj
brusque and surly and forbidding
2.
adj
deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
Full Definitions of gruff
1

adj brusque and surly and forbidding

gruff manner”
“a gruff reply”
Synonyms:
crusty, curmudgeonly, ill-humored, ill-humoured
ill-natured
having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
2

adj deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion

gruff voices”
“the dog's gruff barking”
Synonyms:
hoarse, husky
cacophonic, cacophonous
having an unpleasant sound

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