"I won't," answered the kitten, in a surly voice.
"You have queer friends, seems to me," replied the kitten, in a surly tone.
"I don't know," Dean answered, a tad on the surly side.
But his surly guest said scarcely a word.
But before Cynthia could finish, the Dawkins brothers and their wives clamored into the kitchen, each looking as surly as ever.
"Rainy, Ving, Justin, this is Pierre," the surly blond said.
Hence comes the modern use of the word for a low-born or vulgar person, particularly one with an unpleasant, surly or miserly character.
By the time Dean strolled by a few moments later, red-faced Fitzgerald was getting an ear full from a half dozen tourists and an elderly local, known for his unwavering opinions and surly disposition.
You might as well come in, was the surly response.
"My dear fellow," Nesvitski whispered to Prince Andrew, "the old man is as surly as a dog."