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Saucy vs Surly - What's the difference?

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Saucy is a related term of surly.

As adjectives the difference between saucy and surly

is that saucy is similar to sauce; having the consistency or texture of sauce while surly is (obsolete) lordly, arrogant, supercilious.

As an adverb surly is

(obsolete) in an arrogant or supercilious manner.




  • Similar to sauce; having the consistency or texture of sauce.
  • Impertinent or disrespectful, often in a way that is regarded as entertaining or amusing; smart.
  • * ~1603 , William Shakespeare, Othello, the Moor of Venice , Act I, scene I, line 143:
  • If this be known to you, and your allowance/ When we have done you bold and saucy wrongs.
    She is a loud, saucy child who doesn't show a lot of respect to her elders.
  • Impudently bold; pert; piquant.
  • Mildly erotic.
  • My wife and I enjoyed the dancing, but she found it a little too saucy .


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  • (obsolete) Lordly, arrogant, supercilious.
  • Irritated, bad-tempered, unfriendly.
  • Threatening, menacing, gloomy.
  • The surly weather put us all in a bad mood.


  • (obsolete) In an arrogant or supercilious manner.
  • * 1623 , , Julius Caesar , I.iii,
  • Against the Capitol I met a lion / Who glazed upon me, and went surly