sulk

verb
\ ˈsəlk How to pronounce sulk (audio) \
sulked; sulking; sulks

Definition of sulk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to be moodily silent

sulk

noun

Definition of sulk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the state of one sulking often used in plural had a case of the sulks
2 : a sulky mood or spell in a sulk

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Synonyms for sulk

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sulk in a Sentence

Verb He went to sulk in his room. She has been sulking all day. Noun a child sitting in a sulk over a minor disagreement
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yes, many people do, and many who do not will sulk when their birthdays are not acknowledged. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 But this front office will not sulk and will get back to work in preparation for a crucial offseason, even without a first-round pick in hand. Jason Patt, Forbes, 23 June 2021 When Last Man Standing wasn’t picked up for the 10th season, fans everywhere started to sulk over how their favorite sitcom would end. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 20 May 2021 All that was left was to bury my head in the pillow and try to sulk an apology out of her. Robert Tate Miller, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Dec. 2020 Rivers had to learn that lesson long ago, to block it out and not to bring it home, not to sit and sulk with his wife, Tiffany, and their nine children. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Oct. 2020 The Celtics entered last season with an abundance of talent, leaving coach Brad Stevens with difficult choices to make when distributing playing time, and sometimes leaving deserving players sulking about their roles. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Dec. 2019 Hungry bass that spent the winter suspended and sulking in deep water have moved shallow to chow down ahead of the spawn. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 22 Apr. 2020 For bottom-sulking panfish, and for deeply suspended fish in creek channels, a Prince Nymph with a tungsten beadhead dives deeper and faster. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 12 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the wild-card chase with precious few games left, the Mariners don’t have time to sulk after tough losses. San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Sep. 2021 Her anger and fatigue color her early opinions of other nuns, and Groff beautifully captures Marie’s teenaged sulk. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 But rather than sulk, Ms. Meizz decided to do something about it. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 Some social robots appear to sulk when they are ignored. Katie Engelhart, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Sexton didn’t sulk or look toward the bench -- a bad habit early in his career. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2021 Even President Donald Trump emerged from his post-election sulk to hold a wild rally in Georgia on Saturday. Stephen Collinson And Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 7 Dec. 2020 Few presidents ever had more reason to sulk after an election than John Adams in 1800. Ted Widmer, WSJ, 4 Dec. 2020 The Marshfield players did not sulk or dwell on the poor first half at intermission. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sulk

Verb

1781, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sulk

Verb

back-formation from sulky

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“Sulk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sulk. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for sulk

sulk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sulk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be angry or upset about something and to refuse to discuss it with other people

sulk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sulk (Entry 2 of 2)

: a period of time when someone is angry or upset and refuses to speak

sulk

verb
\ ˈsəlk How to pronounce sulk (audio) \
sulked; sulking

Kids Definition of sulk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be angry or irritable about something but childishly refuse to talk about it

sulk

noun

Kids Definition of sulk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the state of a person who is sullenly silent or irritable He has a case of the sulks.
2 : a sulky mood She's in a sulk.

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