Part of speech:
Involving interchange; reciprocal.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
In an ill humor; bad-tempered; peevish
Capriciously stubborn or eccentric; perverse.
Marked by worry and distress; troublesome:
In a bad-tempered or sulky mood; grumpy
Rough or surly in manner or speech; brusquely rude
Given to frivolity or silliness.
Feeling or showing restless eagerness to do something, go somewhere, etc.
(Now Rare) Arrogantly contemptuous; overbearing
Characterized by or resulting from anger.
Querulous or discontented.
Inclined to find fault; complaining
Gloomy or somber in tone, color, or portent:
Pleasant and easy to approach or talk to; friendly
Having or showing good humor; cheerful and agreeable
Difficult to handle:
Difficult to understand; complicated.
Having a bad disposition; peevish.
Surly and peevish; cranky.
Having a bad temper; irritable.
The definition of surly is someone who is bad-tempered, or something that is threatening such as poor weather.
Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
(Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
Having or showing a bad temper
(Chiefly Brit.) Somewhat hungry
Marked by or consisting of scratches:
The definition of nasty is something that is very dirty, unpleasant or offensive.
(Informal) Rapid and without delay.
The definition of fractious is someone who is bad tempered, or someone or something that is difficult to control.
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