Origin of sullen
Examples from the Web for sullen
Spring is a time of new beginnings, but in the years that followed, I became inward and sullen as those memories took me under.
When the candidate was sullen and grumpy—which was often—he could read his mood and adjust the bubble accordingly.No Drama Obama’s Dramatic 2012 Reelection Campaign|Richard Wolffe|September 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Strung out on a punishing regimen of diet pills, the once genial young man becomes a sullen, self-pitying wreck.Richard Porton on Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’|Richard Porton|May 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Kristen Stewart was cast as Marylou at 17, before she played fair-skinned and often sullen Bella Swan in The Twilight series.‘On the Road’: Differences Between Jack Kerouac’s Novel and This Year’s Film|Anna Klassen|December 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Following Kathy's death, Enos would continue to play Kathy's sullen twin, Jodean, in the fourth season of Big Love.
The sullen fire in his eyes reminded the Kommerzienrat of the appearance of his clerk when he had spoken to him of Dr. Weilen.Simon Eichelkatz; The Patriarch|Ulrich Frank
Again there was the obvious double meaning in his sullen tone.In the Valley|Harold Frederic
"Kill me and be done with it," he muttered, in sullen despair.Manasseh|Maurus Jokai
Over his youthful face a sullen shadow had fallen—flickering, not yet settled.The Fighting Chance|Robert W. Chambers
And with a kind smile he offered his hand to the jailer who stood at the door with a gloomy, sullen air.Louisa Of Prussia and Her Times|Louise Muhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for sullen
Word Origin for sullen
Word Origin and History for sullen
1570s, alteration of Middle English soleyn "unique, singular," from Anglo-French *solein, formed on the pattern of Old French soltain, from Old French soul "single" (see sole (n.2)). The sense shift in Middle English from "solitary" to "morose" occurred late 14c.