surly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sixteenth-century alteration of sirly, from sir + -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

surly (comparative surlier, superlative surliest)

  1. (obsolete) Lordly, arrogant, supercilious.
  2. Irritated, bad-tempered, unfriendly.
  3. Threatening, menacing, gloomy.
    The surly weather put us all in a bad mood.

Translations[edit]

Adverb[edit]

surly (comparative surlier, superlative surliest)

  1. (obsolete) In an arrogant or supercilious manner.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, I.iii,
      Against the Capitol I met a lion / Who glazed upon me, and went surly