Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Irritable; surly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having a bad temper
  • adj. irritable in a surly manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. ill-natured; having a sour, disagreeable, or surly disposition. Opposite of good-natured.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or in bad humor; out of sorts; cross; surly; disobliging.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. brusque and surly and forbidding

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Examples

  • A woman with one-arm was guiding traffic with an ill-humored smirk on her face.

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  • Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good old-fashioned children.

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  • Daphnis learns, for example, that gravity is not a constant; a discovery that falls on the deaf ears of the town's humorously oblivious - but ill-humored philosophers.

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  • The blazing heat was dying, a restless wind had risen, and with the permission of Madden, who was still ill-humored and evidently restless too, he took the little car and sped toward the excitement of Eldorado.

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  • By some miracle, the following morning found them all bleary-eyed and ill-humored, but alive.

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  • Even the ill-humored will suddenly discover good humor.

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  • The main question hanging over our industry is whether the newspaper format, which has just celebrated its 400th birthday in rather ill-humored and depressed style, will live another 100 years.

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  • Surly: Sullenly ill-humored; gruff; threatening, as of weather conditions; ominous; arrogant; domineering

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  • Description: Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good oldfashioned children.

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  • “Analytic” sentences, such as “Ophthalmologists are doctors,” are those whose truth seems to be knowable by knowing the meanings of the constituent words alone, unlike the more usual “synthetic” ones, such as “Ophthalmologists are ill-humored,” whose truth is knowable by both knowing the meaning of the words and something about the world.

    The Analytic/Synthetic Distinction

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