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surly

(of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory
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TOM: I think people are surlier these days, especially when it comes to being "marketed to.
Just a few directorial misjudgments and uh-oh, sudden death: forced laughs, desperate thesps, and an aud growing surlier by the minute.
This, I dare say, is an outcome more likely now than formerly, for reasons to do with the stamina-deficit that manifests among us today as attention-deficit's surlier sibling--yet that, I dare at the same time hope, is a syndrome that lies within poetry-study's alleviating reach.
And he reveals that the man with a bad temper and adamantium blades for fingernails is about to get even surlier.
Footballers spit openly on the pitch in front of thousands of television viewers, and shop assistants seem to be getting surlier.