having a rough, surly, and harsh demeanor and nature.
(of sound) Rough, raw, especially used to describe vocal quality.
‘His incessant coughing made his voice sound raspy.’;
To speak gruffly.
Like a rasp, or the sound made by a rasp; grating.
Of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour; surly; severe; harsh.
‘Gruff, disagreeable, sarcastic remarks.’;
unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound;
‘a gravelly voice’;
brusque and surly and forbidding;
‘crusty remarks’; ‘a crusty old man’; ‘his curmudgeonly temper’; ‘gruff manner’; ‘a gruff reply’;
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’;