gruff


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. 2014.

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