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- n. The property of being surly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being surly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being surly; gloomy moroseness; crabbed ill-nature.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger
I've noted a certain surliness to a fair number of gunsmiths that can only be reduced/relieved by the liberal application of cash.
His love of solitude was probably sincere, his surliness was his breeding, and he extracted from his painful, unsocial habitudes the peculiar poetry which suits with hardship.
Mark, with a kind of surliness, an unusual mood for him, denied it somewhat sharply.
I find Harry's adolescent surliness for much of the book simply boring, and his reconciliation with Dumbledore at the end feels flat to me since we have always been pretty sure that it was going to happen.
She had been ashamed, before, merely of Billy's inhospitality, and surliness, and unfairness.
Too much nostalgia and “during the war” lectures and not enough appreciation of the increase dangers and general surliness you can expect from some demonstrators these days.
Yet he has not always been beyond reproach in his dealings with the outside world, where his surliness with strangers and a willingness to make others look foolish are not always seen as endearing, and in recent days he has struck a series of discordant notes.
Only you, like I, have most likely developed some charming personality traits that soften our surliness, and compensate for our crabbiness, allowing us to better suffer those "fools" we do not suffer so gladly, and at the same time, rendering ourselves less obnoxious to others.
Often accused of surliness, the Australian star stayed until last, wandering among the crowds, smiling and hanging out with guests including Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio del Toro and his co-juror Kate Beckinsale.
The surliness of my teachers from Junior High and High School was always a great mystery and source of fascination for me.