Again, in spite of the gruffness, I felt that wistful quality in him.
To prove this he wilfully exaggerated his gruffness and curtness of manner.
Daddy felt that gruffness was not quite so easy as it had seemed.
Under his gruffness there was a lot of sentiment and tenderness.
In her excitement, the gruffness of his tone passed unobserved.
Gruffness had come into his ...