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inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
"a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind"
In an arrogant or supercilious manner.
Lordly, arrogant, supercilious.
Irritated, bad-tempered, unfriendly.
Threatening, menacing, gloomy.
The surly weather put us all in a bad mood.
Etymology: Sixteenth-century alteration of sirly, from sir + -ly.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Gloomily morose; rough; uncivil; sour; silently angry.
Etymology: from sur, sour , Saxon.
’Tis like you’ll prove a jolly surly groom,
That take it on you at the first so roundly. William Shakespeare.
That surly spirit, melancholy,
Had bak’d thy blood, and made it heavy thick,
Which else runs tickling up and down the veins,
Making that ideot laughter keep mens eyes,
And strain their cheeks to idle merriment. William Shakespeare, K. John.
Against the Capitol I met a lion,
Who glar’d upon me, and went surly by,
Without annoying me. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.
Repuls’d by surly grooms, who wait before
The sleeping tyrant’s interdicted door. Dryden.
What if among the courtly tribe
You lost a place, and sav’d a bribe?
And then in surly mood came here
To fifteen hundred pounds a year,
And fierce against the whigs harangu’d? Jonathan Swift.
The zephyrs floating loose, the timely rains,
Now soften’d into joy the surly storms. James Thomson, Summer.
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
rough; dark; tempestuous
Etymology: [Probably from sir, and originally meaning, sirlike, i.e., proud. See Sir, and Like, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sur′li, adj. morose: uncivil: tempestuous.—adv. Sur′lily.—n. Sur′liness. [For sir-ly, for sir-like, arrogant.]
The numerical value of surly in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of surly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of surly in a Sentence
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers.
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.
When chill November's surly blast make fields and forest bare.
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.
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- malhumorado, irritado, inamistosoSpanish
- koppava, uhkaava, hapan, pahantuulinen, pöyhkeä, töykeäFinnish
- rude, autoritaire, grognon, impoli, menaçant, morne, arrogant, grincheuxFrench
- gruamachScottish Gaelic
- bedreigend, bars, bazig, arrogant, knorrig, onbeleefd, mistroostigDutch
- неприветливый, грозный, грубый, угрожающий, сердитый, спеси́вый, угрюмый, надменный, высокоме́рныйRussian
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