surly

[ sur-lee ]
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adjective,sur·li·er, sur·li·est.
  1. churlishly rude or bad-tempered: a surly waiter.

  2. unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion.

  1. dark or dismal; menacing; threatening: a surly sky.

  2. Obsolete. lordly; arrogant.

Origin of surly

1
First recorded in 1560–70; spelling variant of obsolete sirly “lordly, arrogant,” equivalent to sir + -ly

synonym study For surly

1. See glum.

Other words for surly

Other words from surly

  • sur·li·ly, adverb
  • sur·li·ness, noun
  • un·sur·li·ly, adverb
  • un·sur·li·ness, noun
  • un·sur·ly, adjective

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How to use surly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for surly

surly

/ (ˈsɜːlɪ) /


adjective-lier or -liest
  1. sullenly ill-tempered or rude

  2. (of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory

  1. dismal

  2. obsolete arrogant

Origin of surly

1
C16: from obsolete sirly haughty; see sir

Derived forms of surly

  • surlily, adverb
  • surliness, noun

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