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surly

(of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory
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'Well?' said the surly man, touching his hat to the old lady.
His manner was very nearly what it usually was; perhaps he was a trifle more sullen and surly.
This was not a state of mind favourable to the noble game of quarter-staff, in which, as in ordinary cudgel-playing, the utmost coolness is requisite; and it gave Gurth, whose temper was steady, though surly, the opportunity of acquiring a decided advantage, in availing himself of which he displayed great mastery.
To her surprise the surly old weather-beaten face actually changed its expression.
The man looked at me in surly amazement, and answered:
There were then in circulation, strange stories of a surly monk, a nocturnal prowler about the streets of Paris, and they recurred confusedly to his memory.
Though the fellow's tone was surly, his words were evidently well meant.
When Paulvitch demanded the use of a canoe the chief grumbled a surly refusal and ordered the white man from the village.
He had no other opportunity: for the Jew remained very surly and silent till night: when he prepared to go abroad.
Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.' I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.
A look of severity, or harshness even, a sort of stiffness, which, with inferiors, was pride, with superiors an affectation of superior virtue; a surly cast of countenance upon all occasions, even when looking at himself in a glass alone -- such is the exterior of this personage.
The Growleywogs knew that they were disliked and avoided by every one, so they had become surly and unsociable even among themselves.