sulk

[ suhlk ]
/ sʌlk /
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verb (used without object)

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.

noun

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
Related formsout·sulk, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for sulks

sulk

/ (sʌlk) /

verb

(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

noun

(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

Word Origin for sulk

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

sulk


v.

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

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