Definition of sulky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəlkē/

adjective (sulkier, sulkiest)

1Morose, bad-tempered, and resentful; refusing to be cooperative or cheerful: disappointment was making her sulky
More example sentences
  • After several days of being sulky, Kate flatly refused to talk to me on Wednesday.
  • No I have not turned a millionaire overnight, I did not get a double promotion, my life is no less messier than what it was a few days back and I am still the sulky, morose chap you met around the corner yesterday.
  • Although beautifully shot, the film is crippled by its sluggish pace, and it is difficult to muster much sympathy for the petulant, sulky Ishmael.
sullen, surly, moping, pouting, moody, sour, piqued, petulant, brooding, broody, disgruntled, ill-humored, in a bad mood, out of humor, fed up, put out;
bad-tempered, grumpy, huffy, glum, gloomy, morose
informal grouchy, crabby, cranky
1.1Expressing or suggesting gloom and bad temper: she had a sultry, sulky mouth
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  • His gloom was more than sulky posturing: when Smith sang about heroin addiction or alcoholism or depression, he was singing about things he had experienced first-hand.
  • Her heart-shaped face was now dabbed with a few tears, her mouth formed in a sulky pout.
  • His mouth was sulky and his skin was so pale and thin that he looked almost transparent.

noun (plural sulkies)

A light two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle for one person, used chiefly in harness racing.
Example sentences
  • The prompters, which are not permitted to put their head in front of the horse in the time trial, were Thoroughbreds hitched to sulkies who galloped behind Moni Maker.
  • The potential for serious injury is high, says the report, and the racing of horses and sulkies near the Rising Sun, on Long Marton Road, at more than 30 mph, with several hundred spectators, gives the most grave concerns.
  • The subject of the racing of sulkies on the main road was discussed.



Pronunciation: /ˈsəlkəlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘It's getting adversarial now,’ he declared sulkily, ‘you're trying to twist my words.’
  • Dundee were then one of Scotland's leading club sides but when the final whistle went the wee Rangers remained jubilantly on the field while the Dens Park stars trudged silently and sulkily to the dressing room.
  • ‘I'm not signing this, it's preposterous, he's an adult,’ my husband says, hurling the papers sulkily across the room.


Pronunciation: /ˈsəlkēnis/
Example sentences
  • Then she started annoying me with her sulkiness.
  • It is harshly lit and staffed by waitresses whose sulkiness is forgivable seeing as they have to bustle around in 18 th-century outfits.
  • From the hint of sulkiness with which he confronts his breakfast egg to the nimble little dance steps he executes under the influence of champagne, he shows us the inner rascal trying to break through the pressures of respectability.


Mid 18th century: perhaps from obsolete sulke 'hard to dispose of', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with sulky


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Syllabification: sulk·y

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