• WordNet 3.6
    • n gruffness an abrupt discourteous manner
    • n gruffness a throaty harshness
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gruffness The state or quality of being gruff.
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In literature:

Lawrence came to see her once at the end of September, but she was gruff and silent.
"Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Giovanni saw them stop and knock at the door, and he heard Pasquale's gruff inquiry.
"Marietta" by F. Marion Crawford
The old Spaniard in his gruff and haughty way has been kind to Grant and me.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
Chloe Elliston opened her eyes sleepily in answer to a gruff call from without her tent.
"The Gun-Brand" by James B. Hendryx
He greeted her with his usual gruff indulgence.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
But my opinion is that he's just a gruff old nobleman who lives in the hills and makes few friends.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad" by Edith Van Dyne
As for Jeff, he was gruff almost to rudeness, so desperate was the turmoil of his soul.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
He was always safe, and gruff, and honest.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
They were gruff, burly fellows, all of them.
"The Husbands of Edith" by George Barr McCutcheon
A gruff voice rolled along the deck.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry

In poetry:

And as rough and gruff a sailor
As ever sailed the sea
Was standing near grotesquely
And leering dreadfully.
"A Ballad" by James Whitcomb Riley
Then I saw a glancing shadow
On the sand, and heard the shriek
Of a sea-gull flying seaward,
And I heard a gruff voice speak:--
"A Ballad" by James Whitcomb Riley
But you don't know music! Wherefore
Keep on casting pearls
To a--poet? All I care for
Is--to tell him that a girl's
"Love" comes aptly in when gruff
Grows his singing, (There, enough!)
"A Tale" by Robert Browning
Two twins were once born in a Bedfordshire home;
Such events in the best managed households may come;
Tho', as Tomkins remarked in a voice rather gruff,
"One child at a time for poor folks is enough."
"Bedfordshire Ballad - III" by E W Bowling
And as the man to the stranger drew near,
He demanded in a gruff voice, what seek you here;
And when the stranger saw him he trembled with fear,
Because upon his head he wore a steel helmet, and in his hand he bore a spear.
"Grif, of the Bloody Hand" by William Topaz McGonagall
With a gruff and knowing chuckle at a spicy yarn or so,
And a sigh for some old shipmate gone the way that all men go,
And there's little need for wonder at a grumble and then,
For the ships must have their growl out, just the same as sailormen.
"Yarns" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Clint Eastwood plays, well, himself as the gruff dad to Amy Adam's wary daughter in Trouble With the Curve.
Texans return with more riffs, more gruff.
Gruff Words Exchanged Between Murphy & McMahon.
Gruff Words Exchanged Between Murphy & McMahon.
Artist / Band: Gruff Rhys.
If Welsh is not a familiar language to you, then it can be difficult to research the early career of Gruff Rhys.
Gruff Rhys is the lead singer of Welsh band The Super Furry Animals.
REVIEWS Gruff Rhys, 'Hotel Shampoo.
This week's UW foe, Syracuse, rebuilding with gruff coach.
Mr Gruff Double Tough in San Simeon Repeat.
Brooks , notorious for his sometimes stern, cigar chomping ways, could switch from gentle to gruff in a heartbeat, according to his peers.
Not everyone bemoaned Fairway's temporary shuttering, among them Barry O'Meara, a gruff Irishman whose bar, Bait and Tackle, has served as a quasi community center since the storm.
Not everyone bemoaned Fairway 's temporary shuttering, among them Barry O'Meara, a gruff Irishman whose bar, Bait and Tackle, has served as a quasi community center since the storm.
Peter Falk , who played the gruff-speaking, cigar-chomping TV detective Lt Columbo, has died in Los Angeles at 83.
Bill Kogerman, left, is a gruff former Marine aviator.