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[suhl-kee] /ˈsʌl ki/
adjective, sulkier, sulkiest.
marked by or given to sulking; sullen.
gloomy or dull:
sulky weather.
noun, plural sulkies.
a light, two-wheeled, one-horse carriage for one person.
Origin of sulky
1735-45; akin to Old English solcen- lazy (in solcennes laziness), Frisian (N dial.) sulkig sulky
Related forms
sulkily, adverb
sulkiness, noun
unsulkily, adverb
unsulkiness, noun
unsulky, adjective
1. moody, surly, morose, churlish.
1. good-humored, good-natured. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sulkily
Historical Examples
  • The man saw his condition, and, sulkily enough, hove him into his place.

    Eric, or Little by Little Frederic W. Farrar
  • "I suppose because the other two stayed at home," rejoined Leander, sulkily.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • sulkily enough at the close of the week he turned his back on Heckleston racecourse, and took the road to Golden Friars.

    J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • "If I were coxswain, I would let you land," said Charles sulkily.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • "It is necessary to my plans and wishes," returned the other sulkily.

    The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
  • "Don't want to think; I don't know nothin' about it," replied Tim sulkily.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • A lonely deuce fell on the sand, and Rhodes eyed it sulkily as he rolled a cigarette.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • "They are going to hold an inquest, anyway," Richford said sulkily.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • "I ain't seen the bottle," sulkily responded the lad, his ill-humour returning at once.

    A Sailor's Lass Emma Leslie
  • They were not lampreys,” said Henry sulkily; “they were oysters.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for sulkily


adjective sulkier, sulkiest
sullen, withdrawn, or moody, through or as if through resentment
dull or dismal: sulky weather
Derived Forms
sulkily, adverb
sulkiness, noun
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from obsolete sulke sluggish, probably related to Old English āseolcan to be lazy


noun (pl) sulkies
a light two-wheeled vehicle for one person, usually drawn by one horse
Word Origin
C18: from sulky1, because it can carry only one person
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Word Origin and History for sulkily



"sullen," 1744, probably from Old English asolcen "idle, lazy, slow," from past participle of aseolcan "become sluggish, be weak or idle" (related to besylcan "be languid"), from Proto-Germanic *seklanan (cf. Middle High German selken "to drop, fall").


"light carriage with two wheels," 1756, apparently a noun use of sulky (adj.), on notion of "standoffishness," because the carriage has room for only one person.



"light carriage with two wheels," 1756, apparently a noun use of sulky (adj.), on notion of "standoffishness," because the carriage has room for only one person.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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