adjective, sur·li·er, sur·li·est.
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Furthermore, Housebound is serious about the ways in which its surly anti-heroine is subtly undermined by most of the people around her and even her situation itself.One Good Thing: Housebound is the perfect horror comedy for the perpetually quarantined|Aja Romano|December 31, 2020|Vox
The 59-year-old prime minister has a Nixonian reputation for surliness and bullying.
It was in a state of half imbecility; the most wonderful characteristic being, that all its self-will, its surliness had gone.East Lynne|Mrs. Henry Wood
Turk was usually restless; Grim slept away his life in surliness.
Accustomed to these spells of moodiness, his wife made no attempt to rouse him, knowing it would only increase his surliness.The Long Dim Trail|Forrestine C. Hooker
Here is a note of more human character interspersed with Borrow's diatribes upon the surliness of the Scots.George Borrow and His Circle|Clement King Shorter
In confinement these rats are not engaging pets; they show a considerable amount of surliness and ferocity.Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon|Robert A. Sterndale