Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid 16th century; English in the sense ‘lordly, haughty, arrogant’
Synonyms
  • bad-tempered
  • ill-natured
  • grumpy
  • glum
  • crotchety
  • prickly
Antonyms
  • friendly
  • gentle
  • good-natured
  • pleasant
Definition
bad-tempered and unfriendly
Example
He had a surly expression on his face all night.
Usage Over Time

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