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adjective (surlier, surliest)
  1. (obsolete) Lordly, arrogant, supercilious.
  2. irritated, Irritated, bad-tempered, unfriendly.
  3. threatening, Threatening, menacing, gloomy.
The weather put us all in a bad mood.
adverb (surlier, surliest)
  1. (obsolete) In an arrogant or supercilious manner.
  • 1623: Against the Capitol I met a lion / Who glazed upon me, and went by " William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar I.iii
Etymology: Sixteenth-century alteration of sirly, from sir + -ly.


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