Definition of “surly” - English Dictionary

“surly” in British English

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(Definition of “surly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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surlyadjective

us /ˈsɜr·li/

not wanting to please you or to be friendly:

The clerks in this post office are sullen, surly, and inefficient.

(Definition of “surly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)