Definition of surly adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsɜːli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrli//
(surlier, surliest) Describing unpleasant traits
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bad-tempered and rude a surly youth See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘lordly, haughty, arrogant’): alteration of obsolete sirly (see sir, -ly).
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