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[suhlk] /sʌlk/
verb (used without object)
to remain silent or hold oneself aloof in a sullen, ill-humored, or offended mood:
Promise me that you won't sulk if I want to leave the party early.
a state or fit of sulking.
sulks, ill-humor shown by sulking:
to be in the sulks.
Also, sulker. a person who sulks.
Origin of sulk
First recorded in 1775-85; back formation from sulky
Related forms
outsulk, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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  • "I know one big problem you're going to run into," Jones sulked.

    Master of None Lloyd Neil Goble
  • Merrihew jammed his hands into his pockets and sulked with the world.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Then, instead of complying with their own rules, they pouted-up and sulked when they couldn't do as they wanted.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • He was so surprised and angry that he went off by himself and sulked.

    The Adventures of Buster Bear Thornton W. Burgess
  • You sulked and whimpered again in the most unbearable manner.

    The Search Party G. A. Birmingham
  • The seventh chair was filled; all were present except Jack, who sulked in her room.

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • He tugged, he swam in frantic circles, he flopped and darted and sulked and rushed and leaped.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
  • For it was St. Clair who had sulked and refused to stay in Boston.

    Pirate Gold Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • He hadn't the courage to claim her himself, yet he glowered and sulked because another man responded to her bewitchment.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
British Dictionary definitions for sulked


(intransitive) to be silent and resentful because of a wrong done to one, esp in order to gain sympathy; brood sullenly: the child sulked in a corner after being slapped
(often pl) a state or mood of feeling resentful or sullen: he's in a sulk because he lost the game, he's got the sulks
Also sulker. a person who sulks
Word Origin
C18: perhaps a back formation from sulky1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sulked



1781, back-formation of sulky (adj.). Related: Sulked; sulking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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