sulk

1 of 2

verb

sulked; sulking; sulks

intransitive verb

: to be moodily silent

sulk

2 of 2

noun

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The vibe has shifted, and Taylor Swift has retreated from the woods to sulk in her city apartment in the wee small hours of the morning. Annabel Gutterman, Time, 21 Oct. 2022 Any plant reveling in the higher humidity, brighter light and better air circulation of the great outdoors can sulk a bit when brought back in, so that’s somewhat unavoidable. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 15 Sep. 2022 In comparison, some may sulk if they’re exposed to temperatures below 60 degrees. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2022 That doesn’t mean an end to single-family homes, or that quaint bungalows will soon sulk in the shadows of towering apartment buildings. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Dec. 2021 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
Noun
Dallas doesn't have time to sulk after losing to the Packers. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2022 While Donald Trump continues to sulk and stew over his 2020 election loss — so unfair! Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 16 Sep. 2022 The team is horrified to watch sweet little Hughie become corrupted by power… but there's no time to sulk. Alex Raiman, EW.com, 10 June 2022 The summits abruptly ended after that since Obama's successor, President Donald Trump, had no interest in being anybody's amigo, as his campaign based on insulting Mexicans and an outrageous sulk at the G7 summit in Canada made quite clear. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 As Woodson pointed out, the Big Ten schedule offers no time to sulk. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Jan. 2022 Clinton and Penny reserve their darkest shade for former President Eric Dunn, a preening, bombastic one-termer who shredded the country’s reputation and retreated to Florida to sulk, play golf and plot his return. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Dumpty grudgingly consented in a sour and surly sulk. John Lithgow, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

back-formation from sulky

First Known Use

Verb

1781, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sulk was in 1781

Dictionary Entries Near sulk

Cite this Entry

“Sulk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sulk. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

sulk 1 of 2

verb

: to be silently angry, upset, or irritable

sulk

2 of 2

noun

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

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