- 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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Related Wordsmean, sour, moody, brooding, cheerless, crabby, depressed, dismal, dour, fretful, gloomy, glum, gruff, grumpy, irritable, morose, obstinate, ornery, withdrawn, moping
Examples from the Web for sulky
If I bear marks, y'ought to see the antelope; and the sulky!The Bacillus of Beauty
“Eleven years,” was the answer, after a moment of sulky hesitation.The Secret Agent
But this sulky, slave-driving cub must needs force the quarrel from the start.In the Valley
He would give the roan a flick, and his sulky would flash by.Tiverton Tales
Gene and Clark came in, sulky still, and inclined to snappishness when they did speak.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- sullen, withdrawn, or moody, through or as if through resentment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 sulky
"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.