from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a surly manner; crabbedly; morosely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a surly manner.

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  • adverb In a surly manner.

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  • adverb in a churlish manner


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surly +‎ -ly


  • "All right," he agreed surlily, "but if I go to the Converter, I want to take this one with me for company."

    Destiny Narrowly Avoided

  • 'No, sir,' answered he surlily; 'we're not so sharp set; we live in Old


  • ‘I care naught about their conversation,’ said Nixon, surlily.


  • Tom could hear, though, that it was about some poaching fight; and at last Grimes said surlily, “Hast thou anything against me?”

    The Water Babies

  • “Because we have naught to say, sir,” answers Evans, almost surlily.

    Westward Ho!

  • Whom Durdles (there being command in his tone) surlily surveys from head to foot.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • But that gentleman, in reply, surlily damned him for a thief and rebel as he was, and with many disinterested imprecations on his own eyes, liver, blood, and body, assured him that if it rested with him to decide, he would put a final stopper on the bird, and his master too.

    Barnaby Rudge

  • “Hush,” said Scully, rather surlily; for he was thinking how disagreeable it was to support Macabaw; and besides, there were clerks in the room, whom the thoughtless Perkins had not at first perceived.

    The Bedford-Row Conspiracy

  • “How do you do, Monsieur de Florac?” growls the new comer, surlily; and was for moving on after this brief salutation; but having a second thought seemingly, turned back and followed

    The Newcomes

  • Costigan tried to hold Bolton for a moment in genteel conversation, but the other surlily would not.

    The History of Pendennis


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