Definition of 'gruff'
Example sentences containing 'gruff'
The Sun (2015) Kevin Keegan - Black and White (1993) Times, Sunday Times (2007)
In a gruff voice, he gave the man a piece of his mind.The Politics of Redress - crime, punishment and penal abolition (1989) Times, Sunday Times (2011) Times, Sunday Times (2015) The Treasure Seekers (1899) Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The voice is gruff, pure Gotham.Times, Sunday Times (2007) Anti-Ice (1993) Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Urban skies are full of the loud, laughing cries of the herring gulls, and their gruff barking notes that warn the chicks of danger.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Despite a gruff exterior, he was regarded as one of the most decent men in the music industry, always ready to mentor young songwriters.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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