Definitions for surlyˈsɜr li

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. surly, ugly(adj)

    inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace

    "a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. surly(Adverb)

    In an arrogant or supercilious manner.

  2. surly(Adjective)

    Lordly, arrogant, supercilious.

  3. surly(Adjective)

    Irritated, bad-tempered, unfriendly.

  4. surly(Adjective)

    Threatening, menacing, gloomy.

    The surly weather put us all in a bad mood.

  5. Origin: Sixteenth-century alteration of sirly, from sir + -ly.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Surly(adj)

    arrogant; haughty

  2. Surly(adj)

    gloomily morose; ill-natured, abrupt, and rude; severe; sour; crabbed; rough; sullen; gloomy; as, a surly groom; a surly dog; surly language; a surly look

  3. Surly(adj)

    rough; dark; tempestuous

  4. Origin: [Probably from sir, and originally meaning, sirlike, i.e., proud. See Sir, and Like, a.]


Translations for surly

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  • überheblichGerman
  • irritado, malhumorado, inamistosoSpanish
  • hapan, koppava, pahantuulinen, pöyhkeä, uhkaava, töykeäFinnish
  • grincheux, morne, menaçant, rude, impoli, grognon, autoritaire, arrogantFrench
  • mosachIrish
  • gruamachScottish Gaelic
  • scontrosoItalian
  • mistroostig, bedreigend, bars, bazig, onbeleefd, knorrig, arrogantDutch
  • высокоме́рный, надменный, угрюмый, спеси́вый, неприветливый, сердитый, угрожающий, грубый, грозныйRussian

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