[ sur-lee ]
/ ˈsɜr li /
adjective, sur·li·er, sur·li·est.
churlishly rude or bad-tempered: a surly waiter.
unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion.
dark or dismal; menacing; threatening: a surly sky.
Obsolete. lordly; arrogant.
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Origin of surly
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Glum, morose, sullen, dour, surly all are adjectives describing a gloomy, unsociable attitude. Glum describes a depressed, spiritless condition or manner, usually temporary rather than habitual: a glum shrug of the shoulders; a glum, hopeless look in his eye. Morose, which adds to glum a sense of bitterness, implies a habitual and pervasive gloominess: a sour, morose manner; morose withdrawal from human contact. Sullen usually implies reluctance or refusal to speak accompanied by glowering looks expressing anger or a sense of injury: a sullen manner, silence, look. Dour refers to a stern and forbidding aspect, stony and unresponsive: dour rejection of friendly overtures. Surly implies gruffness of speech and manner, usually accompanied by an air of injury and ill temper: a surly reply.
OTHER WORDS FROM surly
sur·li·ly, adverbsur·li·ness, nounun·sur·li·ly, adverbun·sur·li·ness, noun
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Yet he was the man who not so many years before had in this place been baited as men bait a bear—the surlier, the better sport.Nicanor - Teller of Tales|C. Bryson Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for surlier
/ (ˈsɜːlɪ) /
adjective -lier or -liest
sullenly ill-tempered or rude
(of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory
Derived forms of surlysurlily, adverbsurliness, noun
Word Origin for surly
C16: from obsolete sirly haughty; see sir
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