sullen [ suhl- uhn ] SHOW IPA / ˈsʌl ən / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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” synonym study for sullen 1
OTHER WORDS FROM sullen sul·len·ly, adverb sul·len·ness, noun un·sul·len, adjective
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How to use sullen in a sentence
He remained perfectly silent, but I could see
sullenness growing on his face.
"I knows what you wants, an' I knows I don' know nothin' 'tall 'bout it," she objected, her
sullenness a patent defiance. British Dictionary definitions for sullen adjective unwilling to talk or be sociable; sulky; morose sombre; gloomy a sullen day literary sluggish; slow a sullen stream obsolete threatening noun (plural) archaic a sullen mood Derived forms of sullen sullenly, adverb sullenness, noun Word Origin for sullen
C16: perhaps from Anglo-French
solain (unattested), ultimately related to Latin sōlus alone
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