surly

  • 1 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Gloomily morose; ill natured, abrupt, and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Surly — is an English word meaning gruff, rude, or ill tempered. It may also refer to:* Surly (band), an alternative rock band from Limerick City, Ireland * In The Simpsons , Surly is one of the Seven Duffs. * Surly Bikes, Bloomington, MN, USA. * Surly… …

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  • 3 surly — index fractious, froward, harsh, impertinent (insolent), perverse, petulant, resentful Burton s Legal Thes …

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  • 4 surly — 1560s, lordly, majestic, alteration of M.E. sirly lordly, imperious (14c.), from sir. The meaning rude, gruff is first attested 1660s. For sense development, Cf. lordly, and Ger. herrisch domineering, imperious, from Herr master, lord …

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  • 5 surly — morose, glum, *sullen, crabbed, sulky, saturnine, dour, gloomy Analogous words: *rude, ungracious, ill mannered, discourteous: boorish, churlish (see under BOOR): snappish, waspish, fractious, *irritable Antonyms: amiable Contrasted words:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 surly — [adj] gruff, bearish boorish, brusque, churlish, cross, crusty, curmudgeonly, discourteous, dour, fractious, glum, grouchy, ill mannered, ill natured, irritable, morose, perverse, rude, saturnine, sulky, sullen, testy, ugly, uncivil, ungracious;… …

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  • 7 surly — ► ADJECTIVE (surlier, surliest) ▪ bad tempered and unfriendly. DERIVATIVES surlily adverb surliness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «lordly, haughty»: from obsolete sirly, from SIR(Cf. ↑sir) …

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  • 8 surly — [sʉr′lē] adj. surlier, surliest [earlier sirly, masterful, imperious < sir,SIR] 1. bad tempered; sullenly rude; hostile and uncivil 2. gloomy and threatening: said of weather 3. Obs. haughty; arrogant surlily adv. surliness n …

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  • 9 surly — surlily, adv. surliness, n. /serr lee/, adj., surlier, surliest. 1. churlishly rude or bad tempered: a surly waiter. 2. unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion. 3. dark or dismal; menacing; threatening: a surly sky. 4. Obs.… …

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  • 10 surly — UK [ˈsɜː(r)lɪ] / US [ˈsɜrlɪ] adjective Word forms surly : adjective surly comparative surlier superlative surliest unfriendly and rude a waiter with a surly attitude …

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  • 11 surly — adjective (surlier; est) Etymology: alteration of Middle English serreli lordly, imperious, probably from sire, ser sire Date: 1523 1. menacing or threatening in appearance < surly weather > 2. obsolete arrogant, imperious 3. irritably sullen and …

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  • 12 surly — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)li[/t]] surlier, surliest ADJ GRADED Someone who is surly behaves in a rude bad tempered way. [WRITTEN] He became surly and rude towards me. Syn: churlish …

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  • 13 surly — sur•ly [[t]ˈsɜr li[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est 1) sullenly rude or bad tempered 2) unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion[/ex] 3) dark or dismal: a surly sky[/ex] 4) Obs. lordly; arrogant • Etymology: 1560–70; sp. var. of obs.… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 surly — adjective /ˈsɜːli/ a) Irritated, bad tempered, unfriendly. The surly weather put us all in a bad mood. b) Threatening, menacing, gloomy …

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  • 15 surly — adj. Surly is used with these nouns: ↑teenager …

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  • 16 surly — sur|ly [ˈsə:li US ˈsə:rli] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: sirly like a lord, proud and grand (14 17 centuries), from sir] bad tempered and unfriendly = ↑sullen ▪ a surly teenager >surliness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 surly — sur|ly [ sɜrli ] adjective unfriendly and rude: a waiter with a surly attitude …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 surly — adjective surlier, surliest bad tempered, unfriendly, and often rude: Passengers complain of frequent delays and surly staff. surliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 surly — adjective we ve had complaints from customers about your surly disposition Syn: sullen, sulky, moody, sour, unfriendly, unpleasant, scowling, unsmiling; bad tempered, grumpy, crotchety, prickly, cantankerous, irascible, testy, short tempered;… …

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  • 20 surly — Synonyms and related words: abrupt, aggressive, argumentative, bad tempered, bearish, beastly, beetle browed, bilious, black, black browed, bluff, blunt, boorish, brash, brusque, cantankerous, cavalier, choleric, churlish, crabbed, crabby, cross …

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