adjective (surlier, surliest)
- Bad-tempered and unfriendly: the porter left with a surly expressionMore example sentences
bad-tempered, ill-natured, grumpy, glum, crotchety, prickly, cantankerous, irascible, testy, ill-tempered, short-tempered, ungracious, splenetic, choleric, dyspeptic, bilious, crusty, abrupt, brusque, curt, gruff, blunt, churlish, ill-humoured, crabbed, crabby, uncivil, morose, dour, sullen, sulky, moody, moping, sour, unfriendly, unpleasant, scowling, unsmiling; humourless, disrespectful
- Marjorie Campbell plays a sour and surly chambermaid that scores laughs galore.
- The day-time guard at the entrance to our village is the most grumpy and surly man.
- Instead of the often surly and obsessed golfer with a dodgy sense of humour a more humble and accessible golfer came to light.
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- All this and some sort of subway malfunction that caused my homebound train to be completely packed with surly commuters who started picking fights with each other just to express their surliness.
- I had been slow to relinquish the last of my English currency and I was unprepared for the extreme surliness of the official who glowered at me with undisguised aggression as I handed him my passport.
- It can be taken for granted that reasons abound for self-pity, anger, fear, ill will, surliness and general unhappiness.