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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sur·ly a. [Compar. Surlier superl. Surliest.]
 1. Arrogant; haughty. [Obs.]
 2. Gloomily morose; ill-natured, abrupt, and rude; severe; sour; crabbed; rough; sullen; gloomy; as, a surly groom; a surly dog; surly language; a surly look. “That surly spirit, melancholy.”
 3. Rough; dark; tempestuous.
    Now softened into joy the surly storm.   --Thomson.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace;
            "a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind" [syn: ugly]
      [also: surliest, surlier]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See surly