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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 ?
They did not see him again for several days, nor did the captain accord them more than the surliest of grunts when he was forced to speak to them.
The classic was the information counter manned by a CAA official who was possibly the surliest employee that the CAA could find.
An astute reader might suggest that he abandon the concept entirely because of its baggage, but Bibby's explanation of its utility should satisfy even the surliest wordsmith.
Grab your toughest dwarves, your surliest orcs, and your most loyal kobolds, and get ready to spill some stuffing.
MONDAY POINT BLANK TCM 10.45PM Excellent thriller in which John Boorman directs Lee Marvin at his surliest as a hitman who is doublecrossed and left for dead.
Like returning to my parents' house, the tour brought out my smallest, surliest adolescent self.
The Eagles were back in the playoffs, and the surliest city in pro sports was smiling again.
GLASGOW'S bus drivers are the surliest and most unhelpful in the UK.