adjective, sur·li·er, sur·li·est.
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Cole flirts with selling drugs, but as it turns out, he has a way with horses, most notably a surly creature known as Boo.Idris Elba Brings a Regal Urban Cowboy to Life in Concrete Cowboy|Stephanie Zacharek|April 2, 2021|Time
Housebound’s surly protagonist is fed up with her house arrest from day one.One Good Thing: Housebound is the perfect horror comedy for the perpetually quarantined|Aja Romano|December 31, 2020|Vox
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
No word on if this outrageous sum, which Stewart raised for Hurricane Sandy relief, merited a smile from the famously surly star.Eastwood’s Wife Files for Separation; Stewart Charges $500K for Appearance|Culture Team|September 11, 2013|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.
He had no other opportunity; for the Jew remained very surly and silent till night, when he prepared to go abroad.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
The stern officer gave a surly refusal, replying, "My orders are to take you first."Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
Mr. Clatt was not visible, but left his cottage at Isabel's call, and gave them something more than his usual surly greeting.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The shop officer has repeatedly warned me against my disrespectful and surly manner.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
I reached Bernay to breakfast, and, for the first time in France, met with a surly host and a sour hostess.