Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being gruffy.

Etymologies

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gruffy +‎ -ness

Examples

  • But although it is difficult to identify the sphery figure of the judge with the slim consumptive preacher, and still more difficult to light up with pensive benevolence the convivial countenance in which official gravity and constitutional gruffiness have only yielded to good cheer; yet, it would appear, that for some of his mental features the divine was indebted to his learned ancestor.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

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