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Meaning of SURLY

Pronunciation:  'sûrlee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace; "a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind"
 

SURLY is a 5 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: ill-natured, ugly
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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. ``That surly
   spirit, melancholy.'' --Shak.

3. Rough; dark; tempestuous.

         Now softened into joy the surly storm. --Thomson.

 

 

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