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sulk

[suhlk] /sʌlk/
verb (used without object)
1.
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.
noun
2.
a state or fit of sulking.
3.
sulks, ill-humor shown by sulking:
to be in the sulks.
4.
Also, sulker. a person who sulks.
Origin of sulk
1775-1785
1775-85; back formation from sulky
Related forms
outsulk, verb (used with object)
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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

sulk

/sʌlk/
verb
1.
(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
noun
2.
(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
3.
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

sulk

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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