adjective, sur·li·er, sur·li·est.
Origin of surly
Examples from the Web for surlier
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
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for surly
Word Origin and History for surlier
1560s, "lordly, majestic," alteration of Middle English sirly "lordly, imperious" (14c.), from sir. The meaning "rude, gruff" is first attested 1660s. For sense development, cf. lordly, and German herrisch "domineering, imperious," from Herr "master, lord."