sulky

adjective
\ ˈsəl-kē \
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 [ 2sulky ] : 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 \ adverb
sulkiness \ˈsəl-kē-nəs \ noun

Synonyms for sulky

Synonyms: Adjective

glum, mopey, pouting, pouty, sullen, surly

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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.

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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, "Review: Vampire love abounds in silly but touching 'Hotel Transylvania 3'," 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, "Fiction Chronicle: Life Will Deceive You Later," 16 Mar. 2018 Since confirming his breakup with Gigi on Twitter, Zayn has followed up his mysterious post with a second selfie that's similarly sulky. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Zayn Malik Totally Hinted at His Breakup With Gigi Hadid Before The News Broke," 13 Mar. 2018 While Liam sits in this big, ritzy AF mansion looking pensive and sulky with his shirt unbuttoned! Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Liam Payne Gets Sexy AF With Rita Ora in "For You" Music Video for "Fifty Shades"," 26 Jan. 2018 And how annoyingly aggrieved and, well, small the birthday boy appears in his sulky silence. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Illyria’ Eavesdrops on a Young Joe Papp and Friends," 30 Oct. 2017 Characters included a pirate, a murderer and a sulky baby, but one of the funniest hitchhiker sketches was the simplest. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Over age 34 and still funny? Second City has a class for that.," 20 Oct. 2017 So perturbed is Costa, in fact, that the sulky Spain international starts launching footballs into a goal 40 yards away in protest. SI.com, "Diego Costa Throws First Atletico Strop After Being Told to Train Away From Teammates," 12 Oct. 2017 The dramatics only heightened from there, as the singer's sharp movements and mostly neutral expression played into her sulky aesthetic. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Chance The Rapper's Homecoming, Banks' Final Festival Stop & More at Lollapalooza Day Three," 6 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Original race cars, vintage cycling gear, harness-racing sulkies, and other racing items will also be on display. Philly.com, "Art Star Craft Bazaar, Love Your Park Week, New Hope Celebrates Pride, and other great events, May 11-18," 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, "World Cup Countdown: 13 Weeks to Go - African Boycott Denies Ghana's Golden Generation in 1966," 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, "Review: A Master Class in Passive Aggression in ‘Miles for Mary’," 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, "Journo Claims Klopp Didn't Mind Losing Coutinho After Back Antics & Player's Dressing Room Speech," 7 Jan. 2018 Guardian Angel AS was coming up behind the leaders, and his front hoof touched the wheel of What The Hill's sulky and went off stride. Tom Canavan, courant.com, "Perfect Spirit Wins Hambletonian After What The Hill DQ'd," 5 Aug. 2017

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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 \
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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