adjective, sur·li·er, sur·li·est.
Origin of surly
Examples from the Web for surly
Even now, the GOP still polls less well than the Democratic Party with a surly electorate.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage|Dmitri Mehlhorn|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, Dean picks Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook), a dorky, surly art student.‘She’s All That' 15th Anniversary: Cast and Crew Reminisce About the Making of the ‘90s Classic|Marlow Stern|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was a guy so surly and grim that he made Tommy Lee Jones look like SpongeBob SquarePants.Obama’s Phony Bipartisan Pick: Chuck Hagel for Defense|Matt Latimer|January 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was a bit like watching a surly jazz musician, channeling Miles Davis, take the stage.
A couple of times, Newt Gingrich got so surly and snarky and self-congratulatory that I was transported back to 1995.
Dorise had hailed the man, but his reply was a surly "Engaged."Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo|William Le Queux
Hawkesbury laughed softly, as if it were a joke, and Doubleday relapsed into surly silence.My Friend Smith|Talbot Baines Reed
"Yes, we have breakfasted already," replied Mr. Wenzel, in a surly voice.Louisa Of Prussia and Her Times|Louise Muhlbach
The words ran into oaths, for the two men were surly with the discomforts of turning out.On the Spanish Main|John Masefield
The voice was sour and surly, like the face, and the word was rapped out sharp and clear.Julia And Her Romeo: A Chronicle Of Castle Barfield|David Christie Murray