from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To be sullenly aloof or withdrawn, as in silent resentment or protest.
  • n. A mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal: stayed home in a sulk; a case of the sulks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a state of sulking.
  • v. to express ill humor or offense by remaining sullenly silent or withdrawn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A furrow.
  • intransitive v. To be silently sullen; to be morose or obstinate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Languid; slow; dull; of goods, hard to sell.
  • To be sulky; indulge in a sullen or sulky mood; be morose or glum.
  • To keep still when hooked: said of a fish.
  • To furrow; plow.
  • n. A state of sulkiness; sullen fit or mood: often in the plural: as, to be in a sulk or in the sulks; to have a fit of the sulks.
  • n. A furrow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be in a huff and display one's displeasure
  • n. a mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from sulky1.


  • Only if I would have let my common sense exceed my sense of humor and utilized it at that the time when it actually mattered, today it would have been a different story altogether….*sulk, sulk, sulk*….now don’t you guys think that I am jealous or something.

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  • They kind of sulk during hot summers then perk up to show off in early spring.

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  • You have to get over the 'sulk' and get back onto something.

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  • Beryl's "sulk" had grown, like the gathering clouds of an impending storm, into a big gloom that did not lighten even when, after dinner, the girls were left alone in the library with their beloved "one thousand and seventy-four" books.


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  • He said his dog loved going to the pub after work with him and would "sulk" if he left her in the van or took her home while he went there during her ban.

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  • Its such a sad testament to our 2 party system that one of them are in the midst of such a shock after the election that all they can do is two things, sulk, and bad mouth.

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