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surly

(of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory
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The title refers to an island and one of its eponymous residents, 70-year-old Moses Sweetland, who makes some of Cormac McCarthy's surlier characters seem like Holly Golightly.
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.