1. churlishly rude or bad-tempered: a surly waiter.Synonyms: sullen, uncivil, brusque, irascible, splenetic, choleric, cross; grumpy, grouchy, crabby.
2. unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion.Synonyms: threatening, malevolent.
3. dark or dismal; menacing; threatening: a surly sky.Synonyms: ominous.
4. Obsolete. lordly; arrogant.
"people can be surly as wives."
"people can be surly about lifts."
"people can be surly about disposals."
"people can be surly."
"attitudes can be surly."
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