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English Dictionary: surly by the DICT Development Group
2 results for surly
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace; "a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind"
    Synonym(s): surly, ugly
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Surly \Sur"ly\, a. [Compar. {Surlier}; superl. {Surliest}.]
      [Probably from sir, and originally meaning, sirlike, i.e.,
      proud. See {Sir}, and {Like}, a.]
      1. Arrogant; haughty. [Obs.] --Cotgrave.
      2. 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. [bd]That surly
            spirit, melancholy.[b8] --Shak.
      3. Rough; dark; tempestuous.
                     Now softened into joy the surly storm. --Thomson.
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