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Gruff vs. Mean

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  • Gruff (adjective)

    having a rough, surly, and harsh demeanor and nature.

  • Gruff (adjective)

    hoarse-voiced.

  • Gruff (verb)

    To speak gruffly.

  • Mean (verb)

    To intend.

  • Mean (verb)

    To intend, to plan (to do); to have as one's intention. from 8th c.

    "I didn't mean to knock your tooth out."

    "I mean to go to Baddeck this summer."

    "I meant to take the car in for a smog check, but it slipped my mind."

  • Mean (verb)

    To have intentions of a given kind. from 14th c.

    "Don't be angry; she meant well."

  • Mean (verb)

    To convey meaning.

  • Mean (verb)

    To intend (something) for a given purpose or fate; to predestine. from 16th c.

    "Actually this desk was meant for the subeditor."

    "Man was not meant to question such things."

  • Mean (verb)

    To convey (a given sense); to signify, or indicate (an object or idea). from 8th c.

    "I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean."

    "The sky is red this morning—does that mean we're in for a storm?"

  • Mean (verb)

    To have conviction in (something said or expressed); to be sincere in (what one says). from 18th c.

    "Does she really mean what she said to him last night?"

    "Say what you mean and mean what you say."

  • Mean (verb)

    To result in; to bring about. from 19th c.

    "One faltering step means certain death."

  • Mean (verb)

    To be important (to). from 19th c.

    "My home life means a lot to me."

  • Mean (verb)

    To lament.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Common; general.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Of a common or low origin, grade, or quality; common; humble.

    "a man of mean parentage"

    "/ a mean abode"

  • Mean (adjective)

    Low in quality or degree; inferior; poor; shabby.

    "a mean appearance"

    "/ mean dress"

  • Mean (adjective)

    Without dignity of mind; destitute of honour; low-minded; spiritless; base.

    "a mean motive"

  • Mean (adjective)

    Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Ungenerous; stingy, tightfisted; North American English: cheap; formal: niggardly, penurious, miserly.

    "He's so mean. I've never seen him spend so much as five pounds on presents for his children."

  • Mean (adjective)

    Disobliging; pettily offensive or unaccommodating; small.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Selfish; acting without consideration of others; unkind.

    "It was mean to steal the girl's piggy bank, but he just had to get uptown and he had no cash of his own."

  • Mean (adjective)

    Causing or intending to cause intentional harm; bearing ill will towards another; cruel; malicious.

    "Watch out for her, she's mean. I said good morning to her, and she punched me in the nose."

  • Mean (adjective)

    Powerful; fierce; harsh; damaging.

    "It must have been a mean typhoon that levelled this town."

  • Mean (adjective)

    Accomplished with great skill; deft; hard to compete with.

    "Your mother can roll a mean cigarette."

    "He hits a mean backhand."

  • Mean (adjective)

    Difficult, tricky.

    "This problem is mean!"

  • Mean (adjective)

    Having the mean (see noun below) as its value.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Middling; intermediate; moderately good, tolerable.

  • Mean (noun)

    A method or course of action used to achieve some result. from 14th c.

  • Mean (noun)

    An intermediate step or intermediate steps.

  • Mean (noun)

    Something which is intermediate or in the middle; an intermediate value or range of values; a medium. from 14th c.

  • Mean (noun)

    The middle part of three-part polyphonic music; now specifically, the alto part in polyphonic music; an alto instrument. from 15th c.

  • Mean (noun)

    The average of a set of values, calculated by summing them together and dividing by the number of terms; the arithmetic mean. from 15th c.

  • Mean (noun)

    Any function of multiple variables that satisfies certain properties and yields a number representative of its arguments; or, the number so yielded; a measure of central tendency.

  • Mean (noun)

    Either of the two numbers in the middle of a conventionally presented proportion, as 2 and 3 in 1:2=3:6.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Gruff (adjective)

    Of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour; surly; severe; harsh.

  • Mean

    To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do?

  • Mean

    To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.

  • Mean (verb)

    To have a purpose or intention.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Wanting dignity of mind; low-minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Of poor quality; as, mean fare.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Penurious; stingy; close-fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Intermediate in excellence of any kind.

  • Mean (adjective)

    Average; having an intermediate value between two extremes, or between the several successive values of a variable quantity during one cycle of variation; as, mean distance; mean motion; mean solar day.

  • Mean (noun)

    That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure.

  • Mean (noun)

    A quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the nth root of the product of the n quantities being averaged.

  • Mean (noun)

    That through which, or by the help of which, an end is attained; something tending to an object desired; intermediate agency or measure; necessary condition or coagent; instrument.

  • Mean (noun)

    Resources; property, revenue, or the like, considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose; disposable force or substance.

  • Mean (noun)

    A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.

  • Mean (noun)

    Meantime; meanwhile.

  • Mean (noun)

    A mediator; a go-between.

Webster Dictionary
  • Gruff (adjective)

    brusque and surly and forbidding;

    "crusty remarks"

    "a crusty old man"

    "his curmudgeonly temper"

    "gruff manner"

    "a gruff reply"

  • Gruff (adjective)

    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion;

    "gruff voices"

    "the dog's gruff barking"

    "hoarse cries"

    "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"

  • Mean (noun)

    an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

  • Mean (verb)

    mean or intend to express or convey;

    "You never understand what I mean!"

    "what do his words intend?"

  • Mean (verb)

    have as a logical consequence;

    "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

  • Mean (verb)

    denote or connote;

    "`maison' means `house' in French"

    "An example sentence would show what this word means"

  • Mean (verb)

    have in mind as a purpose;

    "I mean no harm"

    "I only meant to help you"

    "She didn't think to harm me"

    "We thought to return early that night"

  • Mean (verb)

    have a specified degree of importance;

    "My ex-husband means nothing to me"

    "Happiness means everything"

  • Mean (verb)

    intend to refer to;

    "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"

    "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"

  • Mean (verb)

    destine or designate for a certain purpose;

    "These flowers were meant for you"

  • Mean (adjective)

    approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value;

    "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"

    "of average height for his age"

    "the mean annual rainfall"

  • Mean (adjective)

    characterized by malice;

    "a hateful thing to do"

    "in a mean mood"

  • Mean (adjective)

    having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality;

    "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"

    "taking a mean advantage"

    "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"

    "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"

  • Mean (adjective)

    excellent;

    "famous for a mean backhand"

  • Mean (adjective)

    marked by poverty befitting a beggar;

    "a beggarly existence in the slums"

    "a mean hut"

  • Mean (adjective)

    used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity;

    "a mean person"

    "he left a miserly tip"

  • Mean (adjective)

    used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt

Princeton's WordNet

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