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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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