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Related to surliness: contrariness


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.surliness - a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled angersurliness - a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; "his temper was well known to all his employees"
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
querulousness - the quality of being given to complaining
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[ˈsɜːlɪnɪs] Nhosquedad f, mal humor m


nVerdrießlichkeit f, → Missmutigkeit f


[ˈsɜːlɪnɪs] nscontrosità


(ˈsəːli) adjective
bad-tempered or rude.
ˈsurliness noun
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Tom no longer wondered at the habitual surliness of his associates; nay, he found the placid, sunny temper, which had been the habitude of his life, broken in on, and sorely strained, by the inroads of the same thing.
He came home with his manners a good deal improved; he had lost his surliness and brusqueness, and was rather pleasantly soft and smooth, now; he was furtively, and sometimes openly, ironical of speech, and given to gently touching people on the raw, but he did it with a good-natured semiconscious air that carried it off safely, and kept him from getting into trouble.
Yes, but surliness might have provoked a point-blank question.
She had been ashamed, before, merely of Billy's inhospitality, and surliness, and unfairness.
That,' returned the landlord, a little brought down from his dignity by the stranger's surliness, 'is a Maypole story, and has been any time these four-and-twenty years.
The newsmonger is of the number, but his manner is not quite hearty--there is something of surliness in his compliments.
The difference is that now the surliness is gone and he is clearly loving being on stage.
When their conversation begins, Mary is at her wit's end, wanting desperately to escape her husband, for, as she reports, "ive born his ill-humour and sorliness ivver sen I wor wed" ["I've borne his ill-humor and surliness ever since I was wed"], and then in a much graver register, "When we wor wed .
WASHINGTON -- Democrats were adjusting grudgingly to their new and reduced role in the Senate on Wednesday, displaying some surliness and a lot of suspicion, saying they would not be silent or passive players in the new Republican-controlled Congress.
Today's Americans, used to the indifference or even surliness of many of the salaried government officials with whom we must deal, will understand that "estrangement.
Anyone who has travelled regularly within the GCC will have their own horror stories about the length of time they were forced to wait at passport control, and the surliness with which tourists can be greeted by some only adds to the feeling that they are not receiving the warmest welcome.
The ECHO survey also showed teenagers - often stereotyped for their surliness - are happier than expected (7.