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  • adj. superlative form of gruff: most gruff.


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  • At home he was known as the gruffest and kindliest of neighbors; abroad he was accounted one of the most sanguinary and revengeful of the degraded Radicals.

    A Fool's Errand. By One of the Fools

  • There is a rich tradition in the truck-commercial world to have the gruffest, manliest voice talk about the product in an inspiring way, but Toyota has dangerously upped the ante with this latest Tundra voice-over actor … this guy makes Sam Elliott sound like a giggling schoolgirl.

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  • There were times when he would say in his gruffest voice, Not now.

    Me, The Mob, And The Music

  • She is battle-hardened enough to satisfy even the gruffest of NY dwellers, yet thoughtful enough to be genuine.

    Richard Laermer: Caroline Kennedy, We Hardly Know Y -- Wait, We Don't Know You At All!

  • Are you Drill Sergeant Maniscalco, the gruffest man I ever knew and my first encounter with your kind?

    Veterans Day, Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Then the guy who is the gruffest with me and treats me like an imbecile more often than not (though not meanly) came to my studio and offered to bring me a taco.

    2001-11-20 6:44 p.m.

  • The sight of Mrs. Griffin's unhappiness made Harvey's eyes sting, but he hated to have anyone see him cry, so he fought back his tears as best he could and said: "Shall I help you bury him?" in his gruffest voice.

    The Thief of Always

  • He leapt up, the way he judged his brothers would, waved his cloaked arms and yelled, "Go away!" in his gruffest voice.

    The Goblin Mirror

  • "Charlie, are you dying?" he asked, and in his smallest, gruffest voice, Charlie replied:

    The Waste Lands

  • Engineer Bob asked in a worried voice, but Charlie only sang his song in his smallest, gruffest voice:

    The Waste Lands


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