Also found in: Dictionary, Legal.
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
  • noun

Synonyms for gruffness

a throaty harshness

an abrupt discourteous manner

References in periodicals archive ?
The sheriff and the registrar of voters quoted in the story speaking with racist gruffness to the old black preacher are now long dead, but they were men whose names I grew up respecting.
Getting up the nerve to push back wasn't easy--Meyer had a reputation for gruffness and great technical astuteness.
Bbacked by a solid band and joined on stage for several tracks by the wonderful Aussie singer-songwriter Ruth Moody, whose velvety vocals matched Knopfler's gruffness superbly.
We were looking for someone who would be able to perform the gruffness, the humor, and the toughness of this character," he said.
There's a Sport setting that you can select that adds a bit of gruffness and bark to the exhaust sound, but it's never going to sound as good as a high-revving petrol engine.
However, in letter after letter, Moses Myers maintained his composure on such matters, expressing his concern and articulating his authority in such a way as to avoid an appearance of anger or gruffness that might have betrayed his fears and, ultimately, his lack of control over his son's actions.
On the one hand, it is tempting to characterize the Opies' marriage as an ideal wedding of the feminine and masculine: ballad singer and painter; elegant English gentlewoman and coarse Cornishman; a woman noted for graceful conversation and a man better known for gruffness and melancholy.
The CR-V's suspension is good at soaking up the bumps and refinement is good, low road and wind noise and only a slight gruffness to the diesel engine.
In his seventh turn in the role, Jackman brings powerful physicality, laconic humor and depths of sorrow beneath his gruffness that make him an unusually nuanced figure for a sci-fi action movie.
British actor Bob Hoskins, best known for roles where he alternated gruffness and tenderness in "The Long Good Friday," "Mona Lisa" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," died of pneumonia April 29 in a London hospital.
After starting his administration on the heels of the most devastating moment in its recent history, 9/11, Bloomberg helped build the city into something that was, to many, palpably safer, visibly cleaner and, despite its reputation for gruffness, friendlier than it had ever been.
So here we are 11 years later, with the Old Town in the middle of a boom -- which Yiannakis, with typical gruffness, predicts won't last long -- and the Centrum going strong, albeit forced to slash its rates by the crisis.
Herbert's voice can scale the heights of sharply-pointed high frequencies, artfully directed away from the microphone's full force, or sweep down into a bassy gruffness, making her capable of schizophrenic character viewpoints.
For all his gruffness, there was something about Nicholson that inspired devotion in those who served under him.
His voice had a peculiar low, but not unfriendly, gruffness.