from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Sullenly ill-humored; gruff.
- adj. Threatening, as of weather conditions; ominous: surly clouds filled the sky.
- adj. Obsolete Arrogant; domineering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lordly, arrogant, supercilious.
- adj. Irritated, bad-tempered, unfriendly.
- adj. Threatening, menacing, gloomy.
- adv. In an arrogant or supercilious manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Arrogant; haughty.
- adj. Gloomily morose; ill-natured, abrupt, and rude; severe; sour; crabbed; rough; sullen; gloomy.
- adj. Rough; dark; tempestuous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sour in nature or disposition; morose; crabbed; churlish; ill-natured; cross and rude: as, a surly fellow; a surly dog.
- Arrogant; haughty.
- Rough; dark; tempestuous; gloomy; dismal.
- Synonyms Cross, crusty, snappish, uncivil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
Middle English sirly, masterful, lordly, from sir, lord; see sir.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Sixteenth-century alteration of sirly, from sir + -ly. (Wiktionary)