sulky

adjective
\ ˈsəl-kē How to pronounce sulky (audio) \
sulkier; sulkiest

Definition of sulky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : sulking or given to spells of sulking
b : relating to or indicating a sulk a sulky expression
2 [sulky entry 2] : having wheels and usually a seat for the driver a sulky plow

sulky

noun
plural sulkies

Definition of sulky (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from sulky

Adjective

sulkily \ ˈsəl-​kə-​lē How to pronounce sulky (audio) \ adverb
sulkiness \ ˈsəl-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce sulky (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

Examples of sulky in a Sentence

Adjective She is very sulky today. She's in a sulky mood.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective What comes through now is the vehemence and sulky confusion of a generation’s anti-American snit. Armond White, National Review, 2 June 2021 There's no reason for the Countryman to look so sulky. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 21 Jan. 2020 Cue a sulky gesture from Xhaka to the fed-up Gooners. SI.com, 28 Oct. 2019 The number can only be called from within the U.S. TRUMP AT THE G-7 The president returned to Washington from the G-7 summit in France in a sulky mood. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2019 There are invariably some boldface names in the throng, a few adorably sulky teenage hipsters, a clutch of serious New York theater impresarios, and a number of confused millennials. Sally Singer, Vogue, 8 Jan. 2019 By contrast, this latest bit of research hammers the gas, forcing it, like a sulky teenager, to tidy away its qubits. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 9 Nov. 2018 The newest installment of the animated comedy series with old-school monster favorites sends sulky hotelier Dracula (voiced by Sandler), his friends and their families on a crazy creature cruise to the lost city of Atlantis. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 11 July 2018 With these spoiler-sensitive twists the book seems to change from a sulky character study to a wicked satire of artistic arrogance and the accidental nature of immortality. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Occasionally there would be an eruption of cheering, or sulky booing would break out. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 3 Nov. 2020 The conversion from pulling a buggy to pulling a sulky resulted in the run of victories, all at Northfield, stretching from early June until late September. Bob Roberts, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2019 But when Hawthorne resumed racing June 13, Curtin wasn’t back in the sulky. chicagotribune.com, 20 June 2019 Proven harness racing royalty will sit in the sulky behind Bully Pulpit. Bob Roberts, cleveland.com, 5 June 2019 Original race cars, vintage cycling gear, harness-racing sulkies, and other racing items will also be on display. Philly.com, 9 May 2018 Uruguay famously got sulky over the shortage of European teams at the first World Cup and refused to travel over for the 1934 tournament, and Argentina joined them four years later when FIFA decided to stage a second consecutive World Cup in Europe. SI.com, 22 Mar. 2018 The term dates to 1945, when it was used by the military psychiatrist William Menninger to define the attitude of sulky, balky soldiers. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2018 There was the sulky dressing room speech to his teammates, which Klopp noted whilst sharing his thoughts on the transfer on Sunday. SI.com, 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sulky

Adjective

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1756, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sulky

Adjective

probably alteration of obsolete sulke sluggish

Noun

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

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sulky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sulky

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

sulky

adjective
\ ˈsəl-kē How to pronounce sulky (audio) \
sulkier; sulkiest

Kids Definition of sulky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sulky

noun
plural sulkies

Kids Definition of sulky (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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