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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.
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Adv.1.surlily - in a churlish manner; "the store owner treated his customers churlishly"
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To which neither Blifil nor Jones gave any answer; but Thwackum said surlily, "I believe the cause is not far off; if you beat the bushes well you may find her.
Earnshaw surlily bid her remove her things to the kitchen.
I'll have none of that on my boat," the man declared surlily.