adjective, sur·li·er, sur·li·est.
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The 59-year-old prime minister has a Nixonian reputation for surliness and bullying.
Surliness in excess they might have, but dignity, not at all.The Rustler of Wind River|G. W. Ogden
"Anybody can have my job that wants it," Honey volunteered with a touch of surliness unusual with him.Angel Island|Inez Haynes Gillmore
But at his heels stalked a tall young hound, who had vexed him all day by surliness, and was now whipped in for punishment.The Maid of Sker|Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Turk was usually restless; Grim slept away his life in surliness.
Even Percy Darrow saw the surliness of the men's attitudes, and with his usual good sense divined the cause.The Mystery|Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams