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Synonyms for surly
ˈsɜr lisur·ly

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. surly

    The sullen and sulky are discontented and resentful in regard to that against which they are too proud to protest, or consider all protest vain; sullen denotes more of pride, sulky more of resentful obstinacy. The morose are bitterly dissatisfied with the world in general, and disposed to vent their ill nature upon others. The sullen and sulky are for the most part silent; the morose growl out bitter speeches. A surly person is in a state of latent anger, resenting approach as intrusion, and ready to take offense at anything; thus we speak of a surly dog. Sullen and sulky moods may be transitory; one who is morose or surly is commonly so by disposition or habit.

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, churlish, crabbed, crusty, dogged, gloomy, gruff, ill-humored, ill-natured, morose, severe, snappish, sour, splenetic, sulky, sullen

    Antonyms:
    amiable, benignant, bland, complaisant, friendly, genial, gentle, good-natured, indulgent, kind, loving, mild, pleasant, sympathetic, tender

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. surly

    Synonyms:
    snarling, splenetic, rough, crabbed, gloomy, uncivil

Princeton's WordNet

  1. surly, uglyadjective

    inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace

    "a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind"

    Synonyms:
    frightful, horrifying, worthless, despicable, unworthy, slimy, atrocious, horrible, vile, ugly, wretched

    Antonyms:
    good-natured

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. surlyadjective

    Synonyms:
    morose, cross, crabbed, testy, touchy, crusty, fretful, peevish, petulant, perverse, pettish, snappish, waspish, snarling, cynical, froward, uncivil, rude, rough, harsh, ill-tempered, ill-natured

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. surlyadjective

    Synonyms:
    morose, sullen, crabbed, unamiable, gruff, inurbane, snarling, crusty

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#8709horrible
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#20769worthless
#27379vile
#28701gloomy
#30945wretched
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#39885horrifying
#41434crusty
#46824surly
#47706despicable
#48820slimy
#50274atrocious
#50489dogged
#54515frightful
#58451sullen
#60813gruff
#75120snarling
#77150sulky
#84515uncivil
#86369morose
#103017acrimonious
#149185churlish
#238388snappish
#251752crabbed

How to use surly in a sentence?

  1. John Gillespie Magee:

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.

  2. Maya Angelou:

    If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.

  3. Maya Angelou:

    If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers.

  4. Robert Burns:

    When chill November's surly blast make fields and forest bare.


Translations for surly

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  • überheblichGerman
  • κατσούφηςGreek
  • malhumorado, irritado, inamistosoSpanish
  • koppava, uhkaava, hapan, pahantuulinen, pöyhkeä, töykeäFinnish
  • rude, autoritaire, grognon, impoli, menaçant, morne, arrogant, grincheuxFrench
  • mosachIrish
  • gruamachScottish Gaelic
  • scontrosoItalian
  • bedreigend, bars, bazig, arrogant, knorrig, onbeleefd, mistroostigDutch
  • неприветливый, грозный, грубый, угрожающий, сердитый, спеси́вый, угрюмый, надменный, высокоме́рныйRussian
  • buttreSwedish

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