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Definition 1: deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where gruff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • gruff voices
  • the dog's gruff barking
  • hoarse cries
  • makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky

Synonyms for gruff in the sense of this definition

(gruff is similar to ...) having an unpleasant sound

"as cacophonous as a henyard"

Definition 2: brusque and surly and forbidding - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where gruff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • crusty remarks
  • a crusty old man
  • his curmudgeonly temper
  • gruff manner
  • a gruff reply

Synonyms for gruff in the sense of this definition

(gruff is similar to ...) having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

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