Thesaurus / gruffness
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Daddy felt that gruffness was not quite so easy as it had seemed.
DANGER! AND OTHER STORIESARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
It was with a mingling of gruffness and dignity that he greeted Mr. Waldemar an hour later.
AVERAGE JONESSAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS
For all his gruffness and seeming impatience, D'Hrouville has never yet made a blunder or a mistake.
THE GREY CLOAKHAROLD MACGRATH
Norton looked genuinely uncomfortable, and, probably in consequence, he answered her with a gruffness that sounded brutal.
His gruffness had forsaken him, and he came forward with an unembarrassed and dignified bearing.
ERLING THE BOLDR.M. BALLANTYNE
"Take that and change places with me," he commanded, slipping on the mask of gruffness again.
THE PRICEFRANCIS LYNDE
Under his gruffness there was a lot of sentiment and tenderness.
THE BLUE WALLRICHARD WASHBURN CHILD
Beneath his gruffness and his jeers he was so honestly pushing on for what he could find most real in life.
THE HARBORERNEST POOLE
Miss Howard blinked, and a new note crept into the gruffness of her voice.
The rugged lines softened, and when he turned to the men waiting for him, there was no gruffness in his voice.

WORDS RELATED TO GRUFFNESS

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