surly

[s_ˈɜː_l_ɪ], [sˈɜːlɪ], [sˈɜːlɪ]

Antonyms for surly:

congenial, lovable, vivacious, serene, Gamesome, sympathetic, easygoing, lighthearted, loving, understanding, empathic, humane, benign, gladsome, good-tempered, relaxed, hospitable, buoyant, cheerful, genial, frolicsome, glad, cheery, attractive, good-humored, indulgent, pleasant, gracious, pleasing, exuberant, gentle, long-suffering, happy, engaging, joyful, mild, perky, agreeable, complaisant, lively, commiserative, mellow, nice, calm, amicable, sweet, patient, sunny, winsome, affable, high-spirited, friendly, winning, bouncy, crank, content, good-natured, tender, carefree, sociable, compassionate, amiable, benignant, lovely, tolerant, effervescent, cordial, kind, placid, bland, frolic, well-disposed, happy-go-lucky, empathetic, bubbly.


Definitions of surly:

  1.   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. – Newage Dictionary DB
  2.   Surliness. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3.   Surliest. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Gloomily morose; crabbed; snarling; rough. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5.   Morose: uncivil: tempestuous. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6.   Surlily. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   Arrogant; haughty. – Newage Dictionary DB
  8.   inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace; " a surly waiter"; " an ugly frame of mind" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9.   Surlier. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10.   Crabbed; cross; rude; gruff. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11.   Cross and rude; gloomily morose; snarling. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12.   Gloomily ill- humored; morose; rudely abrupt. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13.   Morose; gruff; ill- tempered. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14.   Rough; dark; tempestuous. – Newage Dictionary DB
  15.   Surllness. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Quotes for surly:

  1. 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. – John Millington Synge

Usage examples for surly:

  1. “ " To his death," answered a surly fellow. ” – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  2. He begged the door- keeper to let him in, but the surly man refused to do so. ” – The Moral Instruction of Children by Felix Adler
  3. But the next moment the old man was erect; one hand grasping the captured pistol, the other clutching at arm's length the throat of a figure, surly youthful, and savage. ” – Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  4. The husband seemed a surly sort of chap. ” – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  5. “ For the rest, as their only means of communication with those who dwelt beyond was the surly gardener, who was deaf and set there to spy on them, little news ever reached them. ” – The Lady Of Blossholme by H. Rider Haggard
  6. “ " Yes, it was that," replied a surly voice. ” – Melomaniacs by James Huneker
  7. “ McNeil questioned the prisoners, but they were surly and would say nothing. ” – The Courier of the Ozarks by Byron A. Dunn
  8. Sir Marmaduke was not afraid of meeting the old Quakeress, nor yet the surly smith; Richard being out of the way, he had no misgivings in his mind when he retraced his steps towards the cottage. ” – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  9. But, with a surly nod to me, the man left the apartment; and in a moment more the heavy footsteps of himself and his companion were heard descending the staircase. ” – Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest by George Borrow
  10. Ercole asked, in a low and surly voice. ” – Whosoever Shall Offend by F. Marion Crawford
  11. The fight was one of extreme interest, and both parties came up to the encounter with surly confidence. ” – The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott Becket
  12. Welborne put out his hand as if to touch the purple and swollen spot above Bradley's eye, but with a surly oath the young man drew back. ” – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  13. One day one of them asked Stubby why he didn't have a dog and he replied in surly fashion that he didn't have one 'cause he didn't want one. ” – Lifted Masks Stories by Susan Glaspell
  14. “ " Aw, don't worry yourself about me," Winters had replied in a surly voice. ” – Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball by J. W. Duffield
  15. Sir Walter Raleigh now married or acknowledged Elizabeth Throckmorton, and in February 1593 Sir Robert Cecil procured some sort of surly recognition of the marriage from the Queen. ” – Raleigh by Edmund Gosse
  16. “ " I'm not," says a muffled, surly voice. ” – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  17. “ I should have been here sooner but for that surly gardener of yours, who kept me waiting at the gate. ” – Athelstane Ford by Allen Upward
  18. “ I never smoke, said Mr. Weintraub, with a smile which somehow did not seem to fit his surly face. ” – The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
  19. He could get no information about her from the neighbors; they were surly or asleep. ” – Spare Hours by John Brown
  20. He spoke in his usual surly fashion, but by this time I had become accustomed to it. ” – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges

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