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gruff

gruff

 
pronunciation:
gruhf
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: low and hoarse-sounding.
This cold is making my voice gruff.
synonyms:
guttural, harsh, hoarse, husky, ragged, raspy, throaty
antonyms:
mellow
similar words:
raucous, rough, strident
definition 2: rough, abrupt, and surly in manner.
When the nurse gets tired, she sometimes gets a bit gruff with her patients.Don't get gruff with me; I only asked you a question.
synonyms:
abrupt, brusque, crusty, curt, surly
antonyms:
courteous, friendly
similar words:
churlish, crabbed, grouchy, grumpy, harsh, peevish, rough, rude, short, sulky, sullen, uncivil
derivations: gruffish (adj.), gruffly (adv.), gruffness (n.)