[ suhl-uhn-lee ]


  1. in a way that shows irritation, ill humor, or gloom; morosely:

    In the next room, an embittered, lonely man sits sullenly.

  2. with a gloomy or dismal sound:

    The door thudded sullenly behind her.

    The waves roared sullenly against the base of the cliff.

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  • un·sul·len·ly adverb

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Example Sentences

And defeated Germany sullenly nursed her wounds, its people casting about for someone to blame.

We can stand silently and sullenly beside them since, ideologically speaking, there is nowhere else to go.

Cincinnatus will not back to his plow, or, at the best, stands sullenly between his plow-handles arguing for a higher wage.

"To R——," replied the man, as he turned silently and sullenly to retrace his steps.

So the clouded day broke sullenly, with gusts of warm rain and red gleams of a sun striving to disperse the mists.

The opposition, therefore, sullenly assented to what the ministry proposed.

The check was drawn for a hundred and fifty thousand dollars, and Crane and Keith settled back sullenly.


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