What does the word surly mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Surllness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Surlily.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Crabbed; cross; rude; gruff.

Usage examples for surly

  1. " I know ye did, but that was last night," was the surly reply. – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  2. " Nothing to do with you," was the surly reply. – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  3. I only remember one surly man- not one of my workers or tenants. – Grain and Chaff from an English Manor by Arthur H. Savory