(comparative more gruffly, superlative most gruffly)
- In a gruff manner.
Variant of gruff
- rough or surly in manner or speech; brusquely rude
- harsh and throaty; hoarse
Origin of gruff; from Dutch grof, akin to German grob, coarse, surly ; from Old High German gerob ; from ge-, intensive + base akin to Old English hreof, rough, scabby ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kreup-: see graupel