Definitions

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  • adj. Somewhat gruff.

Etymologies

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gruff +‎ -ish

Examples

  • ‘Carries a bag?’ said he — ‘bag with a good deal of room in it — is gruffish, and comes down upon you, sharp?’

    David Copperfield

  • ‘Tottle, my dear fellow, how DO you do?’ said a short elderly gentleman with a gruffish voice, bursting into the room, and replying to the question by asking another.

    Sketches by Boz

  • For a minute, everything danced before Polly's eyes, as a hand shook hers warmly, and a gruffish voice said heartily, –

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • 'Carries a bag?' said he - 'bag with a good deal of room in it - is gruffish, and comes down upon you, sharp?'

    David Copperfield

  • For a minute, everything danced before Polly's eyes, as a hand shook hers warmly, and a gruffish voice said heartily, "How are you, Polly?"

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • Ormont was annoyed to find himself often gruffish behind the tie of his cravat.

    Lord Ormont and His Aminta — Volume 2

  • 'Carries a bag?' said he-'bag with a good deal of room in it-is gruffish, and comes down upon you, sharp? '

    David Copperfield

  • 'Ah! I know what you are going to say,' observed the gentleman in a curt, gruffish voice.

    The Young Duke

  • 'Tottle, my dear fellow, how DO you do?' said a short elderly gentleman with a gruffish voice, bursting into the room, and replying to the question by asking another.

    Sketches by Boz, illustrative of everyday life and every-day people

  • 'Yo'll not be daunted if father's at home, and speaks a bit gruffish at first.

    North and South

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