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surly (adj) bad-tempered and rude.

When a person is surly they are bad-tempered and rude. They are unfriendly if they are surly. They are cross and behave roughly towards you.

  • The new teacher found some of the students to be surly. Their unfriendly and rude behavior and their bad temper shocked her.
  • Dave was so surly that no one in his class would talk to him. He was rude and rough and his being short-tempered made him enemies of all.
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