Definition of 'surly'
Example sentences containing 'surly'
Times, Sunday Times (2012) Times, Sunday Times (2010) The Secret Garden (1911) Times, Sunday Times (2008) Times, Sunday Times (2010)
He is the chamber's permanent surly teenager.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
The company found itself employing increasingly unresponsive and at times surly sales staff and poor in-store managers.Times, Sunday Times (2015) The Sun (2014) Somewhere East of Life (1994)
Brand was rude and surly.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Do these critics want to be served by the sort of surly, rude misery guts who man many provincial tea rooms?Times, Sunday Times (2013)
If more people disciplined their kids, we would not have to put up with the rude, surly attitude we see daily.The Sun (2011)
And yet as soon as one was out of the main streets, where all the fun was going on, the people looked surly.DOVES OF WAR: Four Women of Spain (2002)
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