- 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
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Examples from the Web for sulkiness
His silence and sulkiness lasted till Clarence took his leave.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
His sulkiness was breaking down and he was showing some agitation.The Eternal City
Billie forgot her sulkiness in her joy at the elopements of Tia Luz.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
She entered with an air of sulkiness that brought dread to Marjorie's heart.Marjorie Dean
What I want to show is that even passion, bad as it is, is not so bad as sulkiness.Parkhurst Boys
Talbot Baines Reed
- sullen, withdrawn, or moody, through or as if through resentment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 sulkiness
"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.