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  • gruff´ness — gruff «gruhf», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. deep and harsh; hoarse: »a gruff voice. SYNONYM(S): guttural. 2. rough, rude, unfriendly, or bad tempered: »a gruff manner. SYNONYM(S): grumpy, brusque, impolite, surly …   Useful english dictionary

  • gruff´ly — gruff «gruhf», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. deep and harsh; hoarse: »a gruff voice. SYNONYM(S): guttural. 2. rough, rude, unfriendly, or bad tempered: »a gruff manner. SYNONYM(S): grumpy, brusque, impolite, surly …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gruff — gruff·ly; gruff·ness; gruff; …   English syllables

  • gruff — [[t]grʌf[/t]] adj. er, est 1) low and harsh; hoarse: a gruff voice[/ex] 2) rough, brusque, or surly: a gruff manner[/ex] • Etymology: 1525–35; < MD grof coarse, c. OHG grob gruff′ly, adv. gruff′ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • gruff´i|ness — gruff|y «GRUHF ee», adjective, gruff|i|er, gruff|i|est. gruff. –gruff´i|ly, adverb. –gruff´i|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • gruff´i|ly — gruff|y «GRUHF ee», adjective, gruff|i|er, gruff|i|est. gruff. –gruff´i|ly, adverb. –gruff´i|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • gruff|y — «GRUHF ee», adjective, gruff|i|er, gruff|i|est. gruff. –gruff´i|ly, adverb. –gruff´i|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • crusty curmudgeonly gruff ill-humored ill-humoured — Ill natured Ill na tured, a. 1. Of habitual bad temper; having an unpleasant disposition; surly; disagreeable; cross; peevish; fractious; crabbed; of people; as, an ill natured person; an ill natured disagreeable old man. Opposite of {good… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a|brupt´ness — a|brupt «uh BRUHPT», adjective. 1. showing sudden change; unexpected: »He made an abrupt turn to avoid hitting another car. SYNONYM(S): hasty. 2. very steep: »The road made an abrupt rise up the hill. SYNONYM(S): precipitous. See syn. under ste …   Useful english dictionary

  • grump´i|ness — grump|y «GRUHM pee», adjective, grump|i|er, grump|i|est, noun, plural grump|ies. –adj. surly; ill tempered; …   Useful english dictionary