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sulk

[suhlk]
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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.
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noun
  1. a state or fit of sulking.
  2. sulks, ill-humor shown by sulking: to be in the sulks.
  3. Also sulk·er. a person who sulks.
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Origin of sulk

First recorded in 1775–85; back formation from sulky
Related formsout·sulk, verb (used with object)
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Related Words for sulked

mope, brood, gloom, lower, grouse, glower, gripe, moon, grump, scowl, frown

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British Dictionary definitions for sulked

sulk

verb
  1. (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
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noun
  1. (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
  2. Also: sulker a person who sulks
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Word Origin for sulk

C18: perhaps a back formation from sulky 1
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Word Origin and History for sulked

sulk

v.

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

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