- 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.
Origin of surly
Examples from the Web for surlily
Historical Examples of surlily
The Russian surlily told the conductor to attend to the wants of the lady.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
“I am a Christian,” I answered, surlily enough, for I did not like this examination.In the Days of Drake
J. S. Fletcher
When he asked them where they were going, they surlily replied that they were going to California.The Boy Settlers
"It's better than nothing," muttered he, surlily, below his breath.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
"You can have the bunk beyand," indicated the Rough Red, surlily.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
- sullenly ill-tempered or rude
- (of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory
- obsolete arrogant