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How to sign: brusque and surly and forbidding
"crusty remarks"; "a crusty old man"; "his curmudgeonly temper"; "gruff manner"; "a gruff reply";
How to sign: 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"- Virgil Thomson;