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 for surly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Surly \Sur"ly\ (s[^u]r"l[y^]), a. [Compar. Surlier
     (s[^u]r"l[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Surliest.] [Probably from
     sir, and originally meaning, sirlike, i.e., proud. See Sir,
     and Like, a.]
     1. Arrogant; haughty. [Obs.] --Cotgrave.
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     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." --Shak.
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     3. Rough; dark; tempestuous.
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              Now softened into joy the surly storm. --Thomson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  surly
      adj 1: inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of
             menace; "a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind" [syn:
             surly, ugly]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "surly":
     abrupt, aggressive, argumentative, bad-tempered, bearish, beastly,
     beetle-browed, bilious, black, black-browed, bluff, blunt, boorish,
     brash, brusque, cantankerous, cavalier, choleric, churlish,
     crabbed, crabby, cross, crotchety, crusty, curt, dark, dejected,
     discourteous, dour, dumpish, dyspeptic, fractious, frowning,
     glowering, glum, grim, grouchy, gruff, grum, grumpy, harsh,
     ill-humored, ill-mannered, ill-natured, ill-tempered, irritable,
     lowering, melancholy, moodish, moody, mopey, moping, mopish,
     morose, mumpish, obnoxious, obstreperous, peevish, quarrelsome,
     rough, rude, saturnine, scowling, severe, sharp, short,
     short-tempered, snappish, snippy, splenetic, sulky, sullen,
     temperamental, testy, touchy, truculent, ugly, uncivil, ungracious,
     unpleasant, waspish
  
  

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