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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gruff \Gruff\ (gr[u^]f), a. [Compar. Gruffer (gr[u^]f"[~e]r); superl. Gruffest.] [D. grof; akin to G. grob, OHG. gerob, grob, Dan. grov, Sw. grof, perh. akin to AS. rc['o]fan to break, Z. reavc, rupture, g- standing for the AS. prefix ge-, Goth. ga-.] Of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour; surly; severe; harsh. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Gruff, disagreeable, sarcastic remarks. --Thackeray. -- Gruff"ly, adv. -- Gruff"ness, n. [1913 Webster]