surly

[sur-lee]
adjective, surlier, surliest.
1.
churlishly rude or bad-tempered: a surly waiter. sullen, uncivil, brusque, irascible, splenetic, choleric, cross; grumpy, grouchy, crabby.
2.
unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion. threatening, malevolent.
3.
dark or dismal; menacing; threatening: a surly sky. ominous.
4.
Obsolete. lordly; arrogant.

Origin:
1560–70; spelling variant of obsolete sirly lordly, arrogant, equivalent to sir + -ly

surlily, adverb
surliness, noun
unsurlily, adverb
unsurliness, noun
unsurly, adjective


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.
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surly (ˈsɜːlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  sullenly ill-tempered or rude
2.  (of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory
3.  dismal
4.  obsolete arrogant
 
[C16: from obsolete sirly haughty; see sir]
 
'surlily
 
adv
 
'surliness
 
n

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surly
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."
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Example sentences
We trailed them to the other side, but another surly elephant drove us off and
  sent the entire pride into hiding.
On the other hand, surly comebacks and even noncontact can cost you more than
  you realize.
Nevertheless they tease and worry, poke and tickle the animal continually, so
  that he is surly and snappish.
He cannot stand apart in surly and haughty egotism: let him learn that he is as
  much dependent on others as others are on him.
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