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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (a.) Arrogant; haughty.

2. (a.) 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.

3. (a.) Rough; dark; tempestuous.


The Son of the Murket
... tutors because thou couldst sing. Thou wast a stubborn lad, as pretty as
a mimosa and as surly as a caged lion. I can see thee now ...
// yoke/chapter xvii the son of.htm

Off to vienna
... I want to walk.". And though a peasant might often be afraid to accept the favor
from a noble, or be surly and churlish, the folk never were so with Stanislaus. ...
/.../chapter iv off to vienna.htm

Miscellaneous Phrases
... A keenly receptive and intensely sensitive temperament. A kind of fantastic
patchwork. A kind of surly reluctance. A laudable stimulus. ...
/.../kleiser/fifteen thousand useful phrases/section xi miscellaneous phrases.htm

The Courage of the Saviour
... He is confident in his own strength, he is rough and hard, and does not care for
pain; and when he thrusts his head into a fight, like a surly dog, he does it ...
/.../kingsley/twenty-five village sermons/sermon xxv the courage of.htm

"His Chains Fell Off. " Acts xii. 7
... What a blessed change! How the chains of winter have fallen off, and that surly
east-wind jailer been dismissed without noise or clamour. ...
// bread/vi his chains fell off.htm

The Martyrdom
... In two days Secundus and Cythegius, with their quaternion of soldiers, arrived,
and issued the surly order that next morning the journey to Pityus must be begun ...
/.../chapter lxviii the martyrdom.htm

God's Promises Tests
... We do not know how long his Egyptian bondage had lasted, nor how long before that
his endurance of the active ill-will of his surly brothers had gone on. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture j/gods promises tests.htm

Building in Troublous Times
... Now, it is easy to represent this as a piece of impolitic narrowness, and to say
that its surly bigotry was rightly punished by the evils that it brought down ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture g/building in troublous times.htm

Psalm 93:3. 3D M. As the Old 122D Psalm. The Same.
... 3 In vain the noisy crowd, Like billows fierce and loud, Against thine empire rage
and roar; In vain, with angry spite, The surly nations fight, And dash like ...
// psalms of david/psalm 93 3 0 3d m as.htm

Wesley in St. Albans Abbey
... things before. And they were not helped by two surly, ill-mannered clergymen,
who seemed to be just as wise as themselves. The congregation ...
/.../wesley/the journal of john wesley/wesley in st albans abbey.htm

Surly (1 Occurrence)
... 2. (a.) Gloomily morose; ill-natured, abrupt, and rude; severe; sour; crabbed; rough;
sullen; gloomy; as, a surly groom; a surly dog; surly language; a surly...
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Surging (10 Occurrences)

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Growl (11 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) To express by growling. 3. (n.) The deep, threatening sound made by a surly
dog; a grumbling sound. Multi-Version Concordance Growl (11 Occurrences). ...
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Grumble (13 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vi) To murmur or mutter with discontent; to make
ill-natured complaints in a low voice and a surly manner. ...
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Ill-natured (3 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (a.) Of habitual bad temper; surly; peevish;
fractious; cross; crabbed; as, an ill-natured person. ...
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Frown (1 Occurrence)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vi) To contract the brow in displeasure, severity,
or sternness; to scowl; to put on a stern, grim, or surly look. ...
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Rugged (7 Occurrences)
... 6. (n.) Rough to the ear; harsh; grating; -- said of sound, style, and the like.
7. (n.) Sour; surly; frowning; wrinkled; -- said of looks, etc. ...
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Mizar (1 Occurrence)
... in the district (za`ura, wady za`arah, and Khirbet Mazara) may be a reminiscence
of the name of a hill in the district called Mits`ar; and surly none other ...
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Churl (6 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) A rustic; a countryman or laborer. 2. (n.) A rough, surly, ill-bred man;
a boor. 3. (n.) A selfish miser; an illiberal person; a niggard. ...
/c/churl.htm - 9k

Churlish (1 Occurrence)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (a.) Like a churl; rude; cross-grained; ungracious;
surly; illiberal; niggardly. 2. (a.) Wanting pliancy ...
/c/churlish.htm - 7k

Bible Concordance
Surly (1 Occurrence)

1 Samuel 25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail; and the woman was of good understanding, and of a beautiful face: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
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Mizar (1 Occurrence)

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