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sulk

verb \ ˈsəlk \
Updated on: 18 Dec 2017

Definition of sulk

intransitive verb
: to be moodily silent

Examples of sulk in a Sentence

  1. He went to sulk in his room.

  2. She has been sulking all day.

Recent Examples of sulk from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sulk

back-formation from sulky

sulk Synonyms

Synonyms
grump, mope, pout
Related Words
brood, dwell (on), mull (over), muse (over), ponder; frown, glower, lower (also lour), scowl; carry on, take on; pet

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sulk

noun

Definition of sulk

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

Examples of sulk in a Sentence

  1. a child sitting in a sulk over a minor disagreement

Recent Examples of sulk from the Web

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First Known Use of sulk

1804



SULK Defined for English Language Learners

sulk

verb

Definition of sulk for English Language Learners

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


sulk

noun

Definition of sulk for English Language Learners

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


SULK Defined for Kids

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sulk

verb \ ˈsəlk \

Definition of sulk for Students

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

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sulk

noun

Definition of sulk for Students

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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