adjective \ˈsər-lē\

: rude and unfriendly


Full Definition of SURLY

:  menacing or threatening in appearance <surly weather>
obsolete :  arrogant, imperious
:  irritably sullen and churlish in mood or manner :  crabbed
sur·li·ly \-lə-lē\ adverb
sur·li·ness \-lē-nəs\ noun
surly adverb

Examples of SURLY

  1. <went about his chores in a surly huff, totally annoyed that he was stuck at home on this beautiful Saturday>
  2. <the surly receptionist told us we'd have to wait outside in the rain>

Origin of SURLY

alteration of Middle English serreli lordly, imperious, probably from sire, ser sire
First Known Use: 1523


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