sulk

verb
\ˈsəlk \
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

grump, mope, pout

Synonyms: Noun

grouch, hump [British], pet, pouts, snit, sulkiness, sullenness

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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

Spencer Rattler never sulked when he was held out of the first two games of Tuesday's The Opening finals of the 7-on-7 tournament at the Dallas Cowboys' training headquarters in Frisco. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Pinnacle's Spencer Rattler becomes first Arizona QB to win Elite 11 MVP at The Opening," 3 July 2018 Premiering on Billboard, the somber clip finds Melo sulking in an empty house, laying down lifelessly, watching television. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Melo Makes Music & Taylor Bennett Try to Give Lost Souls Hope in Their New Video 'Sleepless': Premiere," 6 Apr. 2018 The time a robber walked in the door and announced a holdup, got met with tipsy laughter, and sulked away with nothing. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "Tavern always on the rocks serves nostalgia with a twist," 18 June 2018 But instead of sulking, Barris was inspired to craft his most custom creation to date. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Batmobile, KITT creator's craziest custom car to be sold at Mecum Indianapolis," 18 Mar. 2018 Magical brilliance from Lionel Messi and a cracking shot from Ousmane Dembélé helped the Catalan giants to a tremendous victory but left Chelsea sulking back to England. SI.com, "Antonio Conte 'Proud' Despite Chelsea UCL Exit & Insists Messi Was the Difference Against Barcelona," 15 Mar. 2018 Eggplants growing in cold soil or exposed to chilly weather will sulk and are more prone to insect and disease problems. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret To Growing The Most Flavorful Eggplants," 13 Apr. 2017 Meanwhile, Bieber is sulking in a Mercedes G-Class. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "Here's How Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Are Coping With Their Recent Split," 14 Mar. 2018 And they will be encouraged by the fact that the player has never sulked or dropped his standards on the pitch in spite of his desire to leave. SI.com, "Reports Claim Man City to Make Late Push for Leicester's Riyad Mahrez as Sane Faces Lengthy Layoff," 30 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This solo sulk then develops into a lover’s quarrel with Kehlani’s guest vocal, which gets songwriting and arranging points for weaving her voice into the narrative seamlessly, instead of as an awkwardly shoehorned-in cameo. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Charlie Puth & Kehlani's New Duet 'Done For Me' is a Nu-Soul Lovers' Quarrel at a Bummer of a Party," 15 Mar. 2018 The Merseyside masters of maudlin pop are on a 40th-anniversary tour, but don’t expect a sulk down memory lane. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: Wrinkles in time, tricks up sleeves, and ‘Pretty in Pink’," 8 Mar. 2018 With City refusing to meet the demands, any chance of a deal disappeared, sending Mahrez into a sulk that has already seen him miss games against Everton and Swansea. SI.com, "Leicester Boss Claude Puel Confirms AWOL Riyad Mahrez Will Not Play vs. Man City," 8 Feb. 2018 Staying home to sulk or pout or stew about what went wrong, the kind of thing overzealous fans do, would be ridiculous and serve no good purpose. Kevin Scarbinsky, AL.com, "Syracuse loss no reason for Dabo Swinney to skip his Alabama trip," 14 Oct. 2017 There’s very little for the character to do other than sulk. Tirdad Derakhshani, Philly.com, "Jos N. Banks kills it as drag queen Lola in 'Kinky Boots' at Academy of Music," 4 Oct. 2017 Rather than sulk in his dressing room about the horrid weather conditions, the swagger-happy MC swam through his set a la Michael Phelps. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Talks Debut Album, Possible Name Change & Plans of Going Back to School," 5 Sep. 2017

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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

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 \
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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