[ UK /sˈɜːli/ ]
[ US /ˈsɝɫi/ ]
  1. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
    a surly waiter
    an ugly frame of mind
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How To Use surly In A Sentence

  • There's a photo shoot going on in the poolside bar as I arrive, and the parking valets are even more surly than downtown.
  • They would all see her go mental, and she would slowly but surly lose her popularity.
  • Since the police station was bombed and someone offed his wife, Tom has been mighty surly.
  • The elderly male (for anthropoids, like anthropoi, wax fierce and surly with increasing years) will fight, but only from fear, when suddenly startled, or with rage when slightly wounded. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo
  • The company found itself employing increasingly unresponsive and at times surly sales staff and poor in-store managers. Times, Sunday Times
  • Presently a sheepdog in the valley below gave a surly, growling bark. THE LEGEND OF CAPTAIN SPACE
  • The surly bonds of print do tend to detain new tech. Times, Sunday Times
  • Below the jump: Spiderman lassoing a surly Wolverine with Christmas lights, and two shots of Santa packing heat. Superhero Nation: how to write superhero novels and comic books » 2009 » January
  • The sullen-faced Xavier glowered in surly silence, but the malignant, beady eyes of Du Mont regarded the officer keenly. The Gun-Brand
  • I thought a Fuck Nut was some type of chain tensioner made by Surly. Mallrats: Where Trends Go To Die
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