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Word: gruff

Definition: rough-mannered; (of a voice) rough; hoarse


Sentences Containing 'gruff'

``I hope there ain't, but I can't make so`Nation sure of that,''said the guard, in gruff soliloquy.
After some gruff coughing and rubbing of his chin and signing with his hand, Jerry attracted the notice of Mr. Lorry, who had stood up to look for him, and who quietly nodded and sat down again.
Defarge looked gloomily at his wife, and gave no other answer than a gruff sound of acquiescence.
Pretty soon the watchman was back again, and this time he was gruff.
Mr. Larkins (a gruff old gentleman with a double chin, and one of his eyes immovable in his head) is fraught with interest to me.
The main object on my mind, I remember, when we got fairly on the road, was to appear as old as possible to the coachman, and to speak extremely gruff.
She spoke a few words in a foreign tongue in a tone as though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly fell from her hand.
As we were walking down the end of the wharf towards the ship, Queequeg carrying his harpoon, Captain Peleg in his gruff voice loudly hailed us from his wigwam, saying he had not suspected my friend was a cannibal, and furthermore announcing that he let no cannibals on board that craft, unless they previously produced their papers.
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