- 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 sulk·er. a person who sulks.
Origin of sulk
First recorded in 1775–85; back formation from sulky
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Examples from the Web for sulked
She sulked and anguished in her hotel room in Moscow and felt as if her boy had died.Russia’s Adoption Ban Is Cruel and Vindictive to All
Dr. Jane Aronson
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On the morrow she sulked, and was more than ever laughed at for her pains.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
Merrihew jammed his hands into his pockets and sulked with the world.The Lure of the Mask
He was so surprised and angry that he went off by himself and sulked.The Adventures of Buster Bear
Thornton W. Burgess
Childlike, she hid from Marius; childlike, sulked when he found her.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
Now he sulked so intensely that I thought he had got the line round a rock.Angling Sketches
- (intr) to be silent and resentful because of a wrong done to one, esp in order to gain sympathy; brood sullenlythe child sulked in a corner after being slapped
- (often plural) a state or mood of feeling resentful or sullenhe's in a sulk because he lost the game; he's got the sulks
- Also: sulker a person who sulks
C18: perhaps a back formation from sulky 1
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Word Origin and History for sulked
1781, back-formation of sulky (adj.). Related: Sulked; sulking.
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