[ suhl-uhn-lee ]
/ ˈsʌl ən li /
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in a way that shows irritation, ill humor, or gloom; morosely: In the next room, an embittered, lonely man sits sullenly.
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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OTHER WORDS FROM sullenlyun·sul·len·ly, adverb
Words nearby sullenly
sulk, sulky, Sulla, sullage, sullen, sullenly, sullied, Sullivan, Sullom Voe, sully, Sully-Prudhomme
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How to use sullenly in a sentence
And defeated Germany sullenly nursed her wounds, its people casting about for someone to blame.Wounds of World War I Have Yet to Heal|Michael F. Bishop|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We can stand silently and sullenly beside them since, ideologically speaking, there is nowhere else to go.The Betrayed Wives Club|Lee Siegel|February 6, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Cincinnatus will not back to his plow, or, at the best, stands sullenly between his plow-handles arguing for a higher wage.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
"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 Red Year|Louis Tracy
The opposition, therefore, sullenly assented to what the ministry proposed.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
The check was drawn for a hundred and fifty thousand dollars, and Crane and Keith settled back sullenly.Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland