adjective, sur·li·er, sur·li·est.
- surinam toad,
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
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for surly
1560s, "lordly, majestic," alteration of Middle English sirly "lordly, imperious" (14c.), from sir. The meaning "rude, gruff" is first attested 1660s. For sense development, cf. lordly, and German herrisch "domineering, imperious," from Herr "master, lord."