Surliest
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 rude; severe; sour; crabbed; rough; sullen; gloomy; as, a surly groom; a surly dog; surly language; a surly look. ``That surly spirit, melancholy.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Rough; dark; tempestuous. [1913 Webster]

Now softened into joy the surly storm. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]


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  • surliest — sur·ly || sÉœrlɪ / sɜː adj. sullen, cross, irritable, ill tempered …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Surlier — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • 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.… …   Universalium

  • 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 …   English dictionary

  • surly — adjective (surlier, surliest) bad tempered and unfriendly. Derivatives surlily adverb surliness noun Origin C16 (in the sense lordly, haughty ): alt. of obs. sirly (see sir, ly1) …   English new terms dictionary

  • 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

  • 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 …   English dictionary

  • surly — /ˈsɜli / (say serlee) adjective (surlier, surliest) 1. churlishly rude or ill humoured, as a person or the manner, tone, expression, etc. 2. (of an animal) ill tempered and unfriendly. 3. Obsolete lordly; arrogant. {variant of obsolete sirly… …   Australian English dictionary

  • surlily — 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) …   English terms dictionary

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