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 for gruffness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gruff \Gruff\ (gr[u^]f), a. [Compar. Gruffer (gr[u^]f"[~e]r);
     superl. Gruffest.] [D. grof; akin to G. grob, OHG. gerob,
     grob, Dan. grov, Sw. grof, perh. akin to AS. rc['o]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.
     [1913 Webster]
           Gruff, disagreeable, sarcastic remarks.  --Thackeray.
     -- Gruff"ly, adv. -- Gruff"ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a throaty harshness [syn: gruffness, hoarseness,
      2: an abrupt discourteous manner [syn: abruptness,
         brusqueness, curtness, gruffness, shortness]

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