Definition of Surliness

1. Noun. A disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger. "His temper was well known to all his employees"

Exact synonyms: Biliousness, Irritability, Peevishness, Pettishness, Snappishness, Temper
Generic synonyms: Ill Nature
Specialized synonyms: Querulousness
Derivative terms: Irritable, Pettish, Snappish, Surly, Temper



Definition of Surliness

1. n. The quality or state of being surly.

Definition of Surliness

1. Noun. The property of being surly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Surliness

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Surliness

surimi
surimis
surimono
surimonos
surinam cherry
surinamite
suring
surite
surjection
surjections
surjective
surjectivity
surlier
surliest
surlily
surliness (current term)
surlinesses
surling
surlings
surloin
surloins
surly
surmark
surmarks
surmisable
surmisal
surmisals
surmise
surmised
surmiser

Literary usage of Surliness

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1. The Book of the Church by Robert Southey (1824)
"... sparer of words, and sparest of time: harsh, rough, and unpleasant in behaviour, being grave with rigour, and severe with surliness. ..."

2. New English and Italian Pronouncing and Explanatory Dictionary by John Millhouse, Ferdinando Bracciforti (1889)
"... a. and imf. surly, sullen, taciturn ; who pouls, makes wry faces, looks gruff; (lap on the face MasonerĂ­a, </. surliness, moroseness, ..."

3. The German Novelists: Tales Selected from Ancient and Modern Authors in that by Thomas Roscoe (1826)
"HOW DOCTOR FAUSTUS PUNISHED THE surliness OF A BOOR, WHOSE WAGGON WHEELS HE SENT BACKWARDS THROUGH THE AIR. DOCTOR FAUSTUS came to Brunswick, whither he had ..."

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