surlily


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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.
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Adv.1.surlily - in a churlish manner; "the store owner treated his customers churlishly"
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But that gentleman, in reply, surlily damned him for a thief and rebel as he was, and with many disinterested imprecations on his own eyes, liver, blood, and body, assured him that if it rested with him to decide, he would put a final stopper on the bird, and his master too.
Tinker, surlily; "because he looks to his farthings.
Razumov muttered rather surlily that he did not even know English.