'gruff·ness || 'grʌfnɪs n. roughness; rudeness; abrasiveness; crudeness

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  • gruffness — gruff ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a voice) rough and low in pitch. 2) abrupt or taciturn in manner. DERIVATIVES gruffly adverb gruffness noun. ORIGIN from Flemish and Dutch grof coarse, rude …   English terms dictionary

  • Gruffness — Gruff Gruff (gr[u^]f), a. [Compar. {Gruffer} (gr[u^]f [ e]r); superl. {Gruffest}.] [D. grof; akin to G. grob, OHG. gerob, grob, Dan. grov, Sw. grof, perh. akin to AS. rc[ o]fan to break, Z. reavc, rupture, g standing for the AS. prefix ge , Goth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gruffness — noun see gruff I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gruffness — See gruffly. * * * …   Universalium

  • gruffness — noun The characteristic or quality of being gruff …   Wiktionary

  • gruffness — gruff·ness …   English syllables

  • gruffness — noun 1. a throaty harshness • Syn: ↑hoarseness, ↑huskiness • Derivationally related forms: ↑husky (for: ↑huskiness), ↑hoarse (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • roughness — n 1. coarseness, ruggedness, bumpiness, jaggedness, cragginess, cragginess; stoniness, rockiness; knottedness, nodosity, gnarledness; wrin kledness, nugosity, crinkledness, corrugation; lumpiness; irregularity, unevenness. 2. hairiness,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • abruptness — noun 1. an abrupt discourteous manner (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑brusqueness, ↑curtness, ↑gruffness, ↑shortness • Derivationally related forms: ↑short (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • brusqueness — noun an abrupt discourteous manner • Syn: ↑abruptness, ↑curtness, ↑gruffness, ↑shortness • Derivationally related forms: ↑short (for: ↑shortness), ↑gr …   Useful english dictionary

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