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sulk Syllabification: sulk

Definition of sulk in English:


[no object]
Be silent, morose, and bad-tempered out of annoyance or disappointment: he was sulking over the breakup of his band
More example sentences
  • With that the writer returned to his seat and didn't write for another 10 minutes as he was sulking.
  • As the Sparks made a celebratory jaunt off the court, the Storm players dipped their heads and sulked into the locker room.
  • And after heated arguments and manic flicking through the pages of the dictionary, I lost the game, and sulked.
mope, brood, be sullen, have a long face, be in a bad mood, be in a huff, be grumpy, be moody
informal be down in the dumps


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A period of gloomy and bad-tempered silence stemming from annoyance and resentment: she was in a fit of the sulks
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  • After much badgering and a spectacular case of the sulks, Mum admitted defeat, unlocked the safe and sent us to a proper barber shop.
  • Summer decided to take the day off today, turning over to a chill, grey, rainy fit of the sulks.
  • He had been warned by one of his aides that the cameras were panting to snap any display of the sulks.
(bad) mood, fit of ill humor, fit of pique, pet, huff, (bad) temper;
the sulks, the blues


Late 18th century: perhaps a back-formation from sulky.



Pronunciation: /ˈsəlkər/
Example sentences
  • He claimed the Kiwis mocked his English parentage and lack of enthusiasm for rugby; they thought he was a self-absorbed sulker.
  • Nicky Law wants battlers not sulkers in his dressing room.
  • If you haven't noticed, I'm an excellent sulker.

Words that rhyme with sulk

bulk, hulk, skulk

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