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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 gruff /ˈgrʌf/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gruff a. [Compar. Gruffer superl. Gruffest.]  Of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour; surly; severe; harsh.
    Gruff, disagreeable, sarcastic remarks.   --Thackeray.
 -- Gruff*ly, adv.  -- Gruff*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: brusque and surly and forbidding; "crusty remarks"; "a
             crusty old man"; "his curmudgeonly temper"; "gruff
             manner"; "a gruff reply" [syn: crusty, curmudgeonly,
              ill-humored, ill-humoured]
      2: deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or
         emotion; "gruff voices"; "the dog's gruff barking";
         "hoarse cries"; "makes all the instruments sound powerful
         but husky"- Virgil Thomson [syn: hoarse, husky]