Definition of sullen in English:

sullen

Line breaks: sul¦len
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌlən
 
/

adjective

1Bad-tempered and sulky: a sullen pout
More example sentences
  • After she declined a proposal to have dinner with him he returned to his more sullen and sulky ways.
  • This hope was dashed when she walked into the dining room to find him still sullen and sulky.
  • Those who should ask questions either do not bother to show up, knowing they will not be called, or sit in sullen silence.
Synonyms
surly, sulky, pouting, sour, morose, resentful, glum, moody, gloomy, joyless, frowning, glowering, grumpy, touchy, peevish, indignant, embittered;
bad-tempered, ill-tempered, cross, angry, testy;
unresponsive, uncommunicative, unsociable, uncivil, unmannerly, unfriendly
informal stroppy
1.1(Of the sky) full of dark clouds: a sullen sunless sky

noun

(the sullens) archaic Back to top  
A sulky or depressed mood.
More example sentences
  • When I mentioned this, he lapsed back into the sullens.
  • He led her into a respectable inn and ordered a dinner to charm her out of the sullens.

Origin

Middle English (in the senses 'solitary, averse to company', and 'unusual'): from Anglo-Norman French sulein, from sol 'sole'.

Derivatives

sullenly

adverb
More example sentences
  • She sullenly plops herself in a chair out in the hallway, pouting and petulant and waiting for the people strolling in to recognize her.
  • ‘Not an astronaut's usual escape route,’ he observed sullenly from the rear of our Chrysler Neon.
  • Audience members will either guffaw heartily, or brood sullenly.

sullenness

Pronunciation: /-ənnɪs/
noun
More example sentences
  • Anger or sullenness are certainly well-used tools in my emotional repertoire, but their employ doesn't usually lead to a happy ending for anyone in the household.
  • It is the same with his cynical suspiciousness and resentful sullenness.
  • The symptoms of sullenness, withdrawal and irritability are hard for others to ignore.

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