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sulky

adjective \ ˈsəl-kē \

Definition of sulky

sulkier; sulkiest
1 a : sulking or given to spells of sulking
b : relating to or indicating a sulk
  • a sulky expression
2 : having wheels and usually a seat for the driver
  • a sulky plow

sulkily

play \-kə-lē\ adverb

sulkiness

play \-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of sulky in a Sentence

  1. She is very sulky today.

  2. She's in a sulky mood.

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Origin and Etymology of sulky

probably alteration of obsolete sulke sluggish

Synonym Discussion of sulky

sullen, glum, morose, surly, sulky, crabbed, saturnine, gloomy mean showing a forbidding or disagreeable mood. sullen implies a silent ill humor and a refusal to be sociable.
    • remained sullen amid the festivities
glum suggests a silent dispiritedness.
    • a glum candidate left to ponder a stunning defeat
morose adds to glum an element of bitterness or misanthropy.
    • morose job seekers who are inured to rejection
surly implies gruffness and sullenness of speech or manner.
    • a typical surly teenager
sulky suggests childish resentment expressed in peevish sullenness.
    • grew sulky after every spat
crabbed applies to a forbidding morose harshness of manner.
    • the school's notoriously crabbed headmaster
saturnine describes a heavy forbidding aspect or suggests a bitter disposition.
    • a saturnine cynic always finding fault
gloomy implies a depression in mood making for seeming sullenness or glumness.
    • a gloomy mood ushered in by bad news

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sulky

noun

Definition of sulky

plural sulkies
: a light 2-wheeled vehicle (as for harness racing) having a seat for the driver only and usually no body

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Origin and Etymology of sulky

probably from 1sulky; from its having room for only one person

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SULKY Defined for English Language Learners

sulky

adjective

Definition of sulky for English Language Learners

  • : angry or upset about something and refusing to discuss it with others

  • : often quiet and angry or upset


SULKY Defined for Kids

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sulky

adjective \ ˈsəl-kē \

Definition of sulky for Students

sulkier; sulkiest
1 : angry or upset by something but refusing to discuss it
2 : often angry or upset

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sulky

noun

Definition of sulky for Students

plural sulkies
: a light vehicle with two wheels, a seat for the driver only, and usually no body


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