- 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 sulker
Every day some sulker of former times rallied to the standard.Prince Zilah, Complete
As the two disappeared, Roger could not refrain from casting a challenging glance at the sulker.The Khaki Boys at Camp Sterling
The more strenuous the conditions the less sympathy for the sulker in the tent.Letters from an Old Railway Official
Charles DeLano Hine
- (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 sulker
1781, back-formation of sulky (adj.). Related: Sulked; sulking.
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