Definition of sullen
sullennessplay \ˈsə-lə(n)-nəs\ noun
Examples of sullen in a Sentence
Economy got you down? Provocateur Ehrenreich … says: Don't try cheering yourself up. … Her sharp, funny critique finds that sunny types don't necessarily live longer or better than grumps. Besides, can you really get rid of all negativity in your life? “It is not so easy,” she notes, “to abandon the whiny toddler or the sullen teenager.” —Richard Eisenberg, People, 26 Oct. 2009
The skies grew sullen and the air chillier, but it wasn't until the third day that the snow came. —Bill Bryson A Walk In The Woods, 1999
Despite angry alumni calls and sullen students protests—including the cancellation of all fraternity parties at the school's annual Winter Carnival—the faculty unanimously voted in favor of the college's goal to make fraternities and sororities substantially coed, along with developing new social alternatives for its 4,300 undergraduates. —Anita Hamilton, Time, 1 Mar. 1999
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
Recent Examples of sullen from the Web
Recent ultrasound scans have shown her ligament healing, but Halep was visibly sullen on Friday.
Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand.
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Origin and Etymology of sullen
Middle English solein solitary, from Anglo-French sulein, solain, perhaps from sol, soul single, sole + -ain after Old French soltain solitary, private, from Late Latin solitaneus, ultimately from Latin solus alone
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of sullen
SULLEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sullen for English Language Learners
—used to describe an angry or unhappy person who does not want to talk, smile, etc.
: gray and dark
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