Definition of surly:
pouty, bilious, splenetic, horrible, horrifying, offensive, ill-mannered, testy, rude, atrocious, ugly, despicable, gruff, insolent, dogged, smart, dyspeptic, unworthy, impolite, bloody-minded, vile, disagreeable, discourteous, ill-humored, ill-natured, pouting, severe, mopey, impudent, ornery, abrasive, frightful, worthless, impertinent, wretched, slimy.
- irritable (part of speech: adjective)
sullen (part of speech: adjective)
- "Mark Twain, A Biography, Vol. 1, Part 1, 1835-1866 The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens", Albert Bigelow Paine.
- "The Water of the Wondrous Isles", William Morris.
The clerk only looked through his nearly closed eyes, and with the same pale and surly aspect toward the point to which Dangerfield's casting line had floated, and observed- 'You'll lose them flies, Sir.- "The House by the Church-Yard", J. Sheridan Le Fanu.