Herriot looked up and called him gruffly but not unkindly, the boy thought.
"I have been waiting this time back," said Hordle John gruffly.
He had not gone a dozen paces before a sentry levelled his rifle and gruffly commanded him to halt.
"Nonsense," the giant said gruffly, to hide his own misgivings.
Noting her mood, Whaley gruffly took up the letter and, adjusting his black-rimmed nose-glasses, he read it.
Hugh drew his sleeve across his lips, and gruffly answered yes.
"You might have been better employed," said John Minute gruffly.
He gruffly bade the animal "gid-dap" and appeared a trifle confused.
In a moment all the events of the unlucky morning came back to her, and his gruffly unfavourable opinion.
"I don't want to hear you," broke in the second voice, gruffly.
1530s, "coarse, coarse-grained," from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German grof "coarse (in quality), thick, large," of uncertain origin, regarded by some as related to Old English hreof, Old Norse hrjufr "rough, scabby," with Germanic completive prefix ga-. Sense of "rough, surly" recorded by 1690s. Related: Gruffness.