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  • adv. In a gruff manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a gruff manner.

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

  • adv. in a gruff manner


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  • He said her name gruffly, and then he met her eyes and could say nothing else.

    Starchild Omnibus

  • He took down the receiver with no undue haste and answered the call gruffly, but his bored expression changed rapidly as he listened.

    The Shadow of the East

  • She came in, pushed the door to, stood close to my bed-side and said again gruffly, "What is it?"

    Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences

  • "Come in," Billiard called gruffly in response to her knock, though inwardly he was quaking with fear lest it might be the sheriff or Uncle

    Tabitha's Vacation

  • He called gruffly into the silence of the house, and his speech held the surliness of his attitude.


  • He touched his cap at the Deity's name, and called gruffly at his son:

    Privy Seal His Last Venture

  • She paused and went no further, for a red-shirted river-driver with brass rings in his ears came close to them, and called gruffly for whiskey.

    The Right of Way — Volume 01

  • The lady who was cooking came out and kind of gruffly asked James, who speaks no Spanish, if that was really what he wanted.

    Part 15: El Camino de Santiago

  • Oldfellow called gruffly to some of the troop, who came reeling out to the door, and told them it was time to be off, and that some one, "You

    The Carbonels

  • I need someone to translate for me, he says gruffly, and I know he is embarrassed.

    The Trouble With May Amelia


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