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Dictionary definition for: Gruff

1. (s) brusque and surly and forbidding; "crusty remarks" "a crusty old man" "his curmudgeonly temper" "gruff manner" "a gruff reply"

2. (s) deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion; "gruff voices" "the dog''s gruff barking" "hoarse cries" "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"- Virgil Thomson

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