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English adjective: gruff

1. gruff brusque and surly and forbidding


SamplesCrusty remarks.
A crusty old man.
His curmudgeonly temper.
Gruff manner.
A gruff reply.


Synonymscrusty, curmudgeonly, ill-humored, ill-humoured


Similarill-natured


Antonymsgood-natured

2. gruff deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion


SamplesGruff voices.
The dog's gruff barking.
Hoarse cries.
Makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky.


Synonymshoarse, husky


Similarcacophonic, cacophonous


Antonymseuphonious, euphonous









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