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English Dictionary: gruffly by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
gruffly
adv
  1. in a gruff manner; "`No,' he replied gruffly"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gruff \Gruff\, a. [Compar. {Gruffer}; superl. {Gruffest}.] [D.
      grof; akin to G. grob, OHG. gerob, grob, Dan. grov, Sw. grof,
      perh. akin to AS. rc[a2]fan to break, Z. reavc, rupture, g-
      standing for the AS. prefix ge-, Goth. ga-.]
      Of a rough or stern manner, voice, or countenance; sour;
      surly; severe; harsh. --Addison.
  
               Gruff, disagreeable, sarcastic remarks.   --Thackeray.
      -- {Gruff"ly}, adv. -- {Gruff"ness}, n.
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