adjective, gruffer, gruffest.
low and harsh; hoarse: a gruff voice.
rough, brusque, or surly: a gruff manner.

1525–35; < Middle Dutch grof coarse; cognate with German grob

gruffish, adjective
gruffly, adverb
gruffness, noun
ungruff, adjective

2. curt.

2. courteous. Unabridged
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gruff (ɡrʌf)
1.  rough or surly in manner, speech, etc: a gruff reply
2.  (of a voice, bark, etc) low and throaty
[C16: originally Scottish, from Dutch grof, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German girob; related to Old English hrēof, Lithuanian kraupùs]

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Word Origin & History

1533, from M.Du. or M.L.G. grof "coarse (in quality), thick, large" (cognate with O.E. hreof, O.N. hrjufr "rough, scabby"). Sense of "rough, surly" first recorded c.1690.
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Example sentences
He growled out a blessing, which sounded as gruffly as a curse.
They figure that if you've done your homework you won't be afraid to handle
  their gruffly delivered questions.
As soon as you leave the local airport, signs gruffly demand their return.
The interrogator gruffly ordered the candidate to sit down.
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