adjective, gruffer, gruffest.
low and harsh; hoarse:
a gruff voice.
rough, brusque, or surly:
a gruff manner.
rough or surly in manner, speech, etc: a gruff reply
(of a voice, bark, etc) low and throaty
1530s, “coarse, coarse-grained,” from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German grof “coarse (in quality), thick, large,” of uncertain origin, regarded by some as related to Old English hreof, Old Norse hrjufr “rough, scabby,” with Germanic completive prefix ga-. Sense of “rough, surly” recorded by 1690s. Related: Gruffness.
[gruhf-ee] /ˈgrʌf i/ adjective, gruffier, gruffiest. 1. .
[groo-groo] /ˈgru gru/ noun 1. any of several spiny-trunked, tropical feather palms, as Acrocomia totai, of tropical America, having a swollen trunk with rings of blackish spines. 2. Also called grugru grub, grugru worm. the larva of any of several South American billbugs, as Rhynchophorus cruentatus, that feeds on the pith of palm trees, sugar […]
[groo-uh-fawrm] /ˈgru əˌfɔrm/ adjective, Ornithology. 1. of or relating to birds of the order Gruiformes, including cranes, rails, and coots.
[gruhm] /grʌm/ adjective, grummer, grummest. (of a person’s appearance) 1. grim; glum; surly.