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sur·ly

 (sûr′lē)
adj. sur·li·er, sur·li·est
1. Sullenly ill-humored; gruff.
2. Threatening, as of weather conditions; ominous: surly clouds filled the sky.
3. Obsolete Arrogant; domineering.

[Middle English sirly, masterful, lordly, from sir, lord; see sir.]

sur′li·ly adv.
sur′li·ness n.

surly

(ˈsɜːlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. sullenly ill-tempered or rude
2. (Zoology) (of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory
3. dismal
4. obsolete arrogant
[C16: from obsolete sirly haughty; see sir]
ˈsurlily adv
ˈsurliness n

sur•ly

(ˈsɜr li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
1. sullenly rude or bad-tempered.
2. unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion.
3. dark or dismal: a surly sky.
4. Obs. lordly; arrogant.
[1560–70; sp. variant of obsolete sirly lordly = sir + -ly]
sur′li•ly, adv.
sur′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.surly - inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menacesurly - inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace; "a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

surly

surly

adjective
Translations
فَظ، مُكْفَهِر المِزاج
mrzutý
grovirriteret
önugur
īgnsrupjš

surly

[ˈsɜːlɪ] ADJ (surlier (compar) (surliest (superl))) → hosco, malhumorado
he gave me a surly answercontestó malhumorado

surly

[ˈsɜːrli] adjrevêche, maussade

surly

surly

[ˈsɜːlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → burbero/a, scontroso/a

surly

(ˈsəːli) adjective
bad-tempered or rude.
ˈsurliness noun
References in classic literature ?
Shimerda and Antonia always deferred to him, though he was often surly with them and contemptuous toward his father.
comes Cancer the Crab, and drags us back; and here, going from Virtue, Leo, a roaring Lion, lies in the path --he gives a few fierce bites and surly dabs with his paw; we escape, and hail Virgo, the Virgin
that I had not been well broken to the check-rein, but I should soon get used to it; but he was not the man to do it, for when I was in the stable, miserable and angry, instead of being smoothed and quieted by kindness, I got only a surly word or a blow.
He never would take but the one drink at noontime; and so he got the reputation of being a surly fellow, and was not quite welcome at the saloons, and had to drift about from one to another.
Loker shut up his mouth, and listened to him with gruff and surly attention.
The crusty portier and the crusty clerks gave us the surly reception which their kind deal out in prosperous times, but by mollifying them with an extra display of obsequiousness and servility we finally got them to show us to the room which our boy had engaged for us.
I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.
He had a surly old face, and did not seem at all pleased to see her--but then she was displeased with his garden and wore her "quite contrary" expression, and certainly did not seem at all pleased to see him.
Over a door in this wall was a board with SALEM HousE upon it; and through a grating in this door we were surveyed when we rang the bell by a surly face, which I found, on the door being opened, belonged to a stout man with a bull-neck, a wooden leg, overhanging temples, and his hair cut close all round his head.
This was so very aggravating - the more especially as I found myself making no way against his surly obtuseness - that I said, disregarding Herbert's efforts to check me:
But from a babe he was somewhat surly, of few words, and like his father, Chaka, afraid of nothing.
You should not ease me of mine so lightly,'' muttered Gurth, whose surly honesty could not be tamed even by the pressure of immediate violence, ``had I it but in my power to give three strokes in its defence.