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sullen

[ suhl-uhn ]
/ ˈsʌl ən /
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adjective

showing irritation or ill humor by a gloomy silence or reserve.
persistently and silently ill-humored; morose.
indicative of gloomy ill humor.
gloomy or dismal, as weather or a sound.
sluggish, as a stream.
Obsolete. malignant, as planets or influences.

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Origin of sullen

First recorded in 1565–75; earlier sollen, solain, from Middle English solein(e), solain “sole, solitary, sullen,” possibly from Vulgar Latin sōlānus (unattested), from Latin sōlus “alone, only, single”
1. See cross. 1, 2. See glum.
sul·len·ly, adverbsul·len·ness, nounun·sul·len, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sullen

sullen
/ (ˈsʌlən) /

adjective

unwilling to talk or be sociable; sulky; morose
sombre; gloomya sullen day
literary sluggish; slowa sullen stream
obsolete threatening

noun

(plural) archaic a sullen mood
sullenly, adverbsullenness, noun
C16: perhaps from Anglo-French solain (unattested), ultimately related to Latin sōlus alone
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