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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj surly inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace "a surly waiter","an ugly frame of mind"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Surly Arrogant; haughty.
    • Surly 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."
    • Surly Rough; dark; tempestuous. "Now softened into joy the surly storm."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • surly Sour in nature or disposition; morose; crabbed; churlish; ill-natured; cross and rude: as, a surly fellow; a surly dog.
    • surly Arrogant; haughty.
    • surly Rough; dark; tempestuous; gloomy; dismal.
    • surly Synonyms Cross, crusty, snappish, uncivil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Surly sur′li morose: uncivil: tempestuous
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  • J. M. Synge
    J. M. Synge
    “Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her.”
  • Robert Burns
    “When chill November's surly blast make fields and forest bare.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably from sir, and originally meaning, sirlike, i.e., proud. See Sir, and Like (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
For sir-ly, for sir-like, arrogant.


In literature:

His mother had married again to a manufacturer of Arcis-sur-Aube, who had (and himself managed), a small cotton mill.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Sur un Infusoire parasite du sang de l'Aselle aquatique.
"Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole" by Gary N. Calkins
Now there was a note almost surly in the expression with which the Prince looked up to greet his father's confidential representative.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
I've a mind to get down and baste the surly bumpkin's hide.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
A whit cared Gypsy for Mrs. Surly!
"Gypsy Breynton" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
A la pale lueur d'un magique flambeau S'eleve un vil autel dresse sur un tombeau.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
Then on it goes, passing the adjacent villages of Domremy and Greux on the west bank and separating Greux from Maxey-sur-Meuse.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Is your dram-bottle filled wi' t' whiskey, please sur?
"Warwick Woodlands" by Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)
She had found the farmhouse, had bought her supplies from a surly woman and had come away again.
"More Tish" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
I saw the villages of Willerval, Arleux and Bailleul-sur-Berthouit.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott

In poetry:

Windy the sky and mad;
Surly the gray March day;
Bleak the forests and sad,
Sad for the beautiful May.
"Anticipation" by Madison Julius Cawein
O bruit doux de la pluie
Par terre et sur les toits!
Pour un coeur qui s'ennuie
O le chant de la pluie!
"Ariettes Oubliees" by Paul Verlaine
Twelve surly elves were digging graves
Beside black Eden brook;
Eleven dug and stared at me,
But one read in a book.
"The Kelso Road" by Frank Prewett
Withal, the people who thus early
Began the ways to throng,
With curving back and visage surly,
Toiled painfully along.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Cinthia's design might only be
To let the surly husband see
The pattern of what horns to wear;
For he was making up a pair.
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton
The sky is of a leaden grey,
Save where the north is surly,
The driven daylight speeds away,
And night comes o’er us early.
"Rain in the Mountains" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Sur La Table-Farmers Market location, Los Angeles: Ravioli Workshop, 11 am Wednesday ($69).
Banish the Big City in Big Sur.
The Star Tribune's Michael Rand welcomes guest picker Omar Ansari -- founder and president of Surly Brewing Company -- for this week's fantasy picks.
Norv shows surly side, meaning it's all but over for Turner.
Early rendering of Surly 's destination complex from February 2011 (Photo courtesy of Surly ).
The friendly and accommodating Surly Girl Saloon can see to that.
Surly Brewing has applied for public funding for cleanup on a site near the U for its long-anticipated destination brewery.
Does surly history matter for TV work.
Will Smith was a surly superhero in this summer blockbuster, new on DVD this week.
Yanks Go From Civil to Cranky to Surly .
Many Had Hand in Killing the Legislation, But a Surly Electorate Just May Not Care.
Photo courtesy of Sur La Table.
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman marry on September 29, 2012 in Big Sur, California.
Think of Big Sur, dazzling ocean views, redwoods and nearby Santa Barbara.
Del Sur Gourmet Market, Bakery and Artisan Eats 12257 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest 305-434-7924.

In science:

Remez, E. J., Sur une propri´et´e des polynˆomes de Tchebycheff, Comm. l’Inst.
Constructive Function Theory on Sets of the Complex Plane through Potential Theory and Geometric Function Theory
Les preuves s’appuient sur un proc´ed´e de randomisation gaussien.
Random series of functions and applications
Sansuc – Groupe de Brauer et arithm´etique des groupes alg´ebriques lin´eaires sur un corps de nombres , J.
Rational points on compactifications of semi-simple algebraic groups
Sur les s´eries des fonctions orthogonales, I.
On random almost periodic trigonometric polynomials and applications to ergodic theory
Longman Scientific & Technical. Schwartz L (1954) Sur l’impossibilit´e de la multiplication des distributions. C. R.
Colombeau generalized functions and solvability of differential operators