American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Sullenly ill-humored; gruff.
- adj. Threatening, as of weather conditions; ominous: surly clouds filled the sky.
- adj. Obsolete Arrogant; domineering.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sour in nature or disposition; morose; crabbed; churlish; ill-natured; cross and rude: as, a surly fellow; a surly dog.
- Arrogant; haughty.
- Rough; dark; tempestuous; gloomy; dismal.
- Synonyms Cross, crusty, snappish, uncivil.
- adj. obsolete Lordly, arrogant, supercilious.
- adj. Irritated, bad-tempered, unfriendly.
- adj. Threatening, menacing, gloomy.
- adv. obsolete In an arrogant or supercilious manner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Arrogant; haughty.
- adj. Gloomily morose; ill-natured, abrupt, and rude; severe; sour; crabbed; rough; sullen; gloomy.
- adj. Rough; dark; tempestuous.
- adj. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
- Sixteenth-century alteration of sirly, from sir + -ly. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sirly, masterful, lordly, from sir, lord; see sir. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Sam swiped his hands through the tight curls on his head, his expression surly.”
“* I hadn't spent a considerable amount of time around this team since the summer of 2007, when a certain surly left fielder was taking aim at the all-time home run record, and let's suffice it to say the clubhouse is very different now.”
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“But no matter what price you get on a firearm, Scott, his unnamed and nasty brother, and certain surly staff members including" Derek "always leaves me with the impression that I was either cheated or manhandled by unwashed hands.”
“In silence, and with an expression of surly disappointment, Noodles was regretting once more that he and his third wife, Carmen, with whom he was in the throes of a bitter divorce, were no longer on speaking terms.”
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