[syn: gruff, hoarse, husky]
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3 definitions retrieved:
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-,
Of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour;
surly; severe; harsh. --Addison.
Gruff, disagreeable, sarcastic remarks. --Thackeray.
-- Gruff"ly, adv. -- Gruff"ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: brusque and surly and forbidding; "crusty remarks"; "a
crusty old man"; "his curmudgeonly temper"; "gruff
manner"; "a gruff reply" [syn: crusty, curmudgeonly,
gruff, ill-humored, ill-humoured]
2: deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or
emotion; "gruff voices"; "the dog's gruff barking"; "hoarse
cries"; "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"-
Virgil Thomson [syn: gruff, hoarse, husky]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
86 Moby Thesaurus words for "gruff":
abrupt, acerb, acid, acrimonious, aggressive, bad-tempered,
bearish, beastly, biting, bluff, blunt, boorish, brash, brassy,
brazen, brusque, cantankerous, caustic, cavalier, choked, churlish,
coarse, crabbed, crabby, cracked, croaking, croaky, cross,
crotchety, crusty, curt, cutting, deep, dour, dry, fierce, grouchy,
growling, grumbling, grumbly, grumpish, grumpy, guttural, harsh,
harsh-sounding, hoarse, husky, ill-humored, ill-natured, irascible,
irritable, low, metallic, morose, peevish, petulant, querulous,
ragged, rasping, raucid, raucous, rough, roupy, rude, saturnine,
severe, sharp, short, short-tempered, snippety, snippy, sour,
squawking, squawky, stertorous, stinging, strangled, sulky, sullen,
surly, testy, thick, throaty, tinny, truculent, uncivil