Surliness Sur"li*ness, n. The quality or state of being surly. [1913 Webster]

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  • surliness — 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

  • surliness — noun see surly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • surliness — See surlily. * * * …   Universalium

  • surliness — noun The property of being surly …   Wiktionary

  • surliness — Synonyms and related words: abruptness, aggressiveness, bearishness, beastliness, bluntness, boorishness, bouderie, brashness, brusqueness, brusquerie, churlishness, crustiness, curtness, dejection, dumpishness, glumness, grimness, gruffness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • surliness — sur·li·ness || sÉœrlɪnɪs / sɜː n. tendency towards ill humor, temper, irritability, sullenness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • surliness — sur·li·ness …   English syllables

  • surliness — noun a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger his temper was well known to all his employees • Syn: ↑temper, ↑biliousness, ↑irritability, ↑peevishness, ↑pettishness, ↑snappishness • Derivationally rel …   Useful english dictionary

  • biliousness — noun 1. gastric distress caused by a disorder of the liver or gall bladder • Derivationally related forms: ↑bilious • Hypernyms: ↑ill health, ↑unhealthiness, ↑health problem 2. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger his temper was well known …   Useful english dictionary

  • irritability — noun 1. an irritable petulant feeling (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑crossness, ↑fretfulness, ↑fussiness, ↑peevishness, ↑petulance, ↑choler • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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