What does "surly" mean in this sentence ?
Even so, the president and Secretary of State Cordell Hull considered it prudent to keep the way open for improving relations, so Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles had been engaged in a series of fruitless discussions with the Soviet ambassador, Constantin Oumansky, since mid-1940. The haughty Welles, a family friend and close adviser of Roosevelt, was the perfect foil for the surly Russian.
- RPLv 74 weeks agoFavorite Answer
In this context, surly is equivalent to obstinate or difficult, as opposed to welcoming and receptive.
- 3 weeks ago
It means the Russian is obtuse and stubborn.
- 4 weeks ago
Surly you jest at asking such a question of us out here on Yahoo Q&A.
- MikeLv 74 weeks ago
Surly you jest.
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- bluebellbkkLv 74 weeks ago
What it always means. This is a standard way to use the word.
If you're reading a book on politics and history, why aren't you using a dictionary?
- ?Lv 64 weeks ago
Unfriendly (also means bad tempered)
- CarsonLv 64 weeks ago
"Gruff" would also work. Some one that looks angry at the whole situation.