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.

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.

3.

Rough; dark; tempestuous.

Now softened into joy the surly storm. Thomson.

 

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