★ Tia ★ (ohendless_night) wrote in 1word1day,
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surly \SUR-lee\, adjective:
1. Ill-humored; churlish in manner or mood; sullen and gruff.
2. Menacing or threatening in appearance, as of weather conditions; ominous.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/surly

Maggie drank a little too much and got surly and made snide comments during the final toast.
-- John L'Heureux, Having Everything

Surly is from Middle English sirly, "lordly," from sir, "lord," which eventually came to mean "arrogant or haughty," whence the more negative modern sense.
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