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 pluralhad a case of the sulks
2 : a sulky mood or spell in a sulk

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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 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, "Under fire, Colts QB Philip Rivers knows he 'stunk it up' but has to 'bounce back and go'," 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, "But with the season nearly one-third complete, the Celtics still do not really know what they are capable of when all five of these players are available at once.," 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, "The 7 Best Baits for Spring Smallmouth Bass," 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, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 12 Mar. 2020 In the summer heat, after the panfish spawn has fish deep and sulking, a Copper John under a stout foam grasshopper is a one-two knockout punch to bluegill hanging tight along ledge drops and creek channels. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 12 Mar. 2020 Hours after the student leaves, Norah is still sulking about the cannibalization of her mother’s story. Sarah Resnick, The New Yorker, "The Tragedy of Celebrity in Anne Enright’s “Actress”," 9 Mar. 2020 And so, manager Chris Woodward told him he’d begin the season in Triple-A. Calhoun’s immediate response was to sulk. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Willie Calhoun’s evolution: How life lessons and some ‘Mamba Mentality’ helped reshape the Rangers’ OF," 22 Feb. 2020 Ficus trees will sulk by dropping leaves anytime light levels or temperatures change. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Care for a Ficus Tree," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Marshfield players did not sulk or dwell on the poor first half at intermission. BostonGlobe.com, "In a game that was reminiscent of the Patriots’ shocking Super Bowl LI win over the Atlanta Falcons, Marshfield erased a 35-0 deficit to stun host Dennis-Yarmouth, 43-42.," 16 Sep. 2019 Those who get left with programs on the low end of their rank lists can slip away to sulk, while their luckier peers pop bottles of champagne. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "The Medical Students Who Joined the Battle Against the Coronavirus," 6 May 2020 Find the perfect sports podcast When the NCAA announced March Madness was cancelled, there was nothing my father wanted to do more than crawl under his comforter and sulk. Kate Tully Ellsworth, USA TODAY, "No sports to watch? 10 things you can do instead," 13 Mar. 2020 After Jackson prevailed in a tight duel for the starting job, Pigrome didn’t complain or sulk. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pigrome takes another ride on Maryland quarterback carousel," 8 Oct. 2019 How many trips in a sulk on the Eurostar train between London and Brussels last year? Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "The breakups of the decade," 16 Dec. 2019 Tim Blake Nelson, whose character Looking Glass sulks around most of the time in a creepy, reflective mask, linked that specific wardrobe choice to the man’s personal trauma. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "HBO’s “Watchmen” is weird and dangerous, just like it needs to be," 17 Oct. 2019 With Utah arriving for a conference game tonight, USC had no time to sulk. oregonlive, "Why the Oregon Ducks need to deliver tomorrow at Stanford: Issues & Answers," 20 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, her husband sulks in Toronto and shows up for the occasional protest. Jeremy Kohler, The Mercury News, "Atwood’s ‘Testaments’ takes her ‘Tale’ to a brilliant conclusion," 10 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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Last Updated

23 Oct 2020

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“Sulk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sulk. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for sulk

sulk

verb
How to pronounce sulk (audio)

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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