Surly

Updated: Jan 14

Pronunciation: [ sur-lee ]


Origin: Mid 16th century; English

Etymology: in the sense ‘lordly, haughty, arrogant’


Definition:

1. (adjective) bad-tempered and unfriendly

Synonym(s): bad-tempered, ill-natured, grumpy, glum, crotchety, prickly

Antonym(s): friendly, gentle, good-natured, pleasant

Example: He had a surly expression on his face all night.

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