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

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 In the late 1990s, Louis Easton was a sulky teen when his horticulturist father introduced him to plant care and merchandising. Jeanette Marantosstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 No new facts are necessary to demonstrate that Trump was a sulky, smooth-brained baby, prone to fits of pouty anger, enabled by a coterie of vile liars and violent stooges. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 2 July 2022 Both wrote famously about the Santa Anas — the former describing them as a driver of bar fights and murder, the latter as a cause of sulky maids and screaming peacocks. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Director Pablo Larraín, the Chilean cynic whose niche is sentimentalizing Western icons (Tony Manero, Jackie) uses Stewart’s sulky manner with precision. Armond White, National Review, 10 Nov. 2021 Slater also oversaw a marketing campaign that presented his new artist as a sulky siren, transforming her into a global star and a media target. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first floor of the barn once housed farm equipment, grain bins and feeding troughs, as well as the remnants of an old sulky. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 23 May 2022 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 See More

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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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More Definitions for sulky

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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