- marked by or given to sulking; sullen.
- gloomy or dull: sulky weather.
- a light, two-wheeled, one-horse carriage for one person.
Origin of sulky
SynonymsSee more synonyms for sulky on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for sulkily
"I wish to heaven you hadn't taken Knatchett," said Arthur, sulkily.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Sulkily Papa argued that the cost in any case was prohibitive.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
I thought it was you, so I did not turn, but sulkily went on with my work.Murder Point
Stephen, who had been sulkily dressing in his own room, entered immediately after.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
He sulkily picked up the codlines, and threw the hooks overboard.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- sullen, withdrawn, or moody, through or as if through resentment
- dull or dismalsulky weather
- a light two-wheeled vehicle for one person, usually drawn by one horse
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.