What Does Surly Mean?


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Swarda Padwal Profile
Swarda Padwal answered
The word surly has its origin in Middle English and is taken from the word sirly. Sirly means masterful or lordly. Surly is an adjective and is used to describe someone who is bad-tempered or ill-tempered. For example: a surly manager. It describes the manager to be rude and unfriendly. Someone who is menacingly irritable is also referred to as surly. For example: a surly old dog.

Surly can be used in relation to weather conditions which are threatening. For example: surly sky. It indicates that the sky did not show bright conditions. The sky was gloomy and cloudy conditions. Another meaning that has become obsolete is arrogant and domineering. Bearish, boorish, perverse, rude, saturnine, sulky, sullen, uncivil, ungracious, grouchy, discourteous and churlish are some of the words that could be used for surly.
Barbara Gaston Profile
Barbara Gaston answered
–adjective, -li·er, -li·est. 
1. Churlishly rude or bad-tempered: A surly waiter.
2. Unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: A surly old lion.
3. Dark or dismal; menacing; threatening: A surly sky.
4. Obsolete . Lordly; arrogant
kiara Pace Profile
kiara Pace answered
Surly means churlishly rude or bad-tempered....
Aidan Davis Profile
Aidan Davis answered
Sullenly ill-humored; gruff.
Threatening, as of weather conditions; ominous: Surly clouds filled the sky.
Obsolete. Arrogant; domineering.

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