Definition of sullen
- a sullen crowd
- a sullen countenance
- a sullen river
sullen skies that matched our mood on the day of the funeral
sullen and bored at his in-laws' house, he couldn't wait for the holidays to end
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
black, bleak, cheerless, chill, cloudy, cold, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, depressive, desolate, dire, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, elegiac (also elegiacal), forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, godforsaken, gray (also grey), lonely, lonesome, lugubrious, miserable, morbid, morose, murky, saturnine, sepulchral, solemn, somber (or sombre), sunless, wretched;
—used to describe an angry or unhappy person who does not want to talk, smile, etc.
: gray and dark
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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