Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Brusque or stern in manner or appearance.
  • adjective Hoarse; harsh.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Crude or impure saltpeter, as imported from India.
  • noun In mining, a pit or shaft.
  • Rough or stern in manner, voice, or countenance; surly; severe; harsh.
  • noun In pharmacy, the coarse residue which will not pass through the sieve in pulverization.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour; surly; severe; harsh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective having a rough, surly, or harsh nature.
  • adjective hoarse voiced.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective brusque and surly and forbidding
  • adjective deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Dutch grof, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German.]

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Middle Dutch grof ("coarse")

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