churlishly rude or bad-tempered: a surly waiter.Synonyms: sullen, uncivil, brusque, irascible, splenetic, choleric, cross; grumpy, grouchy, crabby.
unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion.Synonyms: threatening, malevolent.
dark or dismal; menacing; threatening: a surly sky.Synonyms: ominous.
Obsolete. lordly; arrogant.
Origin: 1560–70; spelling variant of obsolete sirly lordly, arrogant, equivalent to sir + -ly
Synonym Study Glum,morose,sullen,dour,surly all are adjectives describing a gloomy, unsociable attitude. Glum describes a depressed, spiritless condition or manner, usually temporary rather than habitual: a glum shrug of the shoulders; a glum, hopeless look in his eye.Morose, which adds to glum a sense of bitterness, implies a habitual and pervasive gloominess: a sour, morose manner; morose withdrawal from human contact.Sullen usually implies reluctance or refusal to speak accompanied by glowering looks expressing anger or a sense of injury: a sullen manner, silence, look.Dour refers to a stern and forbidding aspect, stony and unresponsive: dour rejection of friendly overtures.Surly implies gruffness of speech and manner, usually accompanied by an air of injury and ill temper: a surly reply.
a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.
a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.
an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.
a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
a fool or simpleton; ninny.
an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.
1566, "lordly, majestic," alteration of M.E. sirly "lordly, imperious" (14c.), from sir. The meaning "rude, gruff" is first attested 1670. For sense development, cf. lordly, and Ger. herrisch "domineering, imperious," from Herr "master, lord."