gruff gruff  /ˈɡrəf/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) brusque and surly and forbidding
  2. (adj) deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion

Usage(s):

  1. Racing Stripes, 2005As the gruff voice of a gruff-voiced horse, Thompson showed a darker side.
  2. Though he could manage a sort of gruff amiability with strangers, his was, in fact, a withdrawn, suspicious and, above all, controlling nature.
  3. Or as Joshua Painter, the gruff-but-charming rear admiral in The Hunt for Red October.

News

  1. 'Cheers' stars reunite

    George Wendt is going to a place where everybody knows his name -- because most of them have worked with him before. Wendt, who played gruff but amusing barfly on " Cheers ," is reuniting with his former costars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman via a guest-starring spot on the upcoming TV Land series "Kirstie."
    on June 15, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  2. Live chat: Join a live chat with Jeff Daniels from 'The Newsroom' now

    Now, more than ever, it might be time to follow up with gruff cable newscaster Will McAvoy on why America is the greatest country in the world, right? Join us Thursday for a live chat with "The Newsroom's" Jeff Daniels, who portrays the cantankerous TV personality in the HBO drama, at 1 p.m. Pacific time -- and maybe he can channel Will in trying to address that. Or not. Daniels, whose all ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. 'The Newsroom': Join a live chat with Jeff Daniels on Thursday

    Now, more than ever, it might be time to follow up with gruff cable newscaster Will McAvoy on why America is the greatest country in the world, right?
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

Quotes

  1. "To me, he was the consummate leading man. He was tall, he was handsome, he was sensitive, he was gruff when he had to be. He was a great cowboy, he was perfect for those historical roles," Jones said. "He could do everything, and there...
    on Apr 6, 2008 By: Shirley Jones Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Under this great gruff facade - ie, the mad penguin - here is a passionate, caring, wise and, yes, a man with a very good sense of humor which I have enjoyed immensely," Roberts said.
    on Nov 20, 2008 By: Pat Roberts Source: Houston Chronicle

  3. "Beneath that rough and gruff, no-nonsense demeanor is a good human being who cares deeply about the military and deeply about the grief that war causes," Mr. Bush said.
    on Dec 20, 2004 By: President Bush Source: New York Times

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