Definition of Surly

1. Adjective. Inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace. "An ugly frame of mind"

Exact synonyms: Ugly
Similar to: Ill-natured
Derivative terms: Surliness



Definition of Surly

1. a. Arrogant; haughty.

Definition of Surly

1. Adjective. (obsolete) Lordly, arrogant, supercilious. ¹

2. Adjective. Irritated, bad-tempered, unfriendly. ¹

3. Adjective. Threatening, menacing, gloomy. ¹

4. Adverb. (obsolete) In an arrogant or supercilious manner. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Surly

1. sullenly rude [adj -LIER, -LIEST] : SURLILY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Surly

suring
surite
surjection
surjections
surjective
surjectivity
surlier
surliest
surlily
surliness
surlinesses
surling
surlings
surloin
surloins
surly (current term)
surmark
surmarks
surmisable
surmisal
surmisals
surmise
surmised
surmiser
surmisers
surmises
surmising
surmount
surmountable
surmounted

Literary usage of Surly

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1. Library of Southern Literature by John Calvin Metcalf (1909)
""surly Tim," Frances Hodgson's best story, a sketch that now ranks as a classic, was published in Scribner's in 1872. It was the first of her strong ..."

2. Recreation by George O. Shields, American Canoe Association, League of American Sportsmen (1898)
"surly BILL. TR WAITE. He appeared at the ranch one morning, and the foreman set him at work with the other boys. He was not remarkable in any way unless for ..."

3. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"The surly salvage offspring disappear, Yet, tho' rough bears in covert seek de- " fense, And curse the bright successor of the year. ie That crafty kind ..."

4. The British Drama: Comprehending the Best Plays in the English Language by Sir Walter Scott, Walter Scott (1804)
"surly come ! And Mammon made acquainted ! They'll tell all. How shall I heat them off? ... Enter surly and MAMMON. Sur. No, sir, he was a great physician. ..."

5. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"surly, morose, uncivil. (Hybrid; F..-L. ; with E. suffix.} In Shak. K. John, iii. 3. 42 ; &c. 'The orig. meaning seems to have been sir-lite, magisterial, ..."

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