Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To be sullenly aloof or withdrawn, as in silent resentment or protest.
  • noun A mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To furrow; plow.
  • noun A furrow.
  • 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.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To be silently sullen; to be morose or obstinate.
  • noun obsolete A furrow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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  • verb to express ill humor or offense by remaining sullenly silent or withdrawn.

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

  • verb be in a huff and display one's displeasure
  • noun a mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal

Etymologies

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

[Back-formation from sulky.]

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Examples

  • 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.

    Arusuvai Friendship Chain bhags 2008

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-01-01 bhags 2008

  • Not with a ten-word sulk about how aweful it is you have to take a few minutes from your life to write a few paragraphs.

    jaxraven Diary Entry jaxraven 2007

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

    Blooms? In January? « Fairegarden 2010

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

    There Goes Retirement 2009

  • 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.

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott

  • There will always be times the Captain and Coach disagree, but Smith seems to "sulk" when decisions are made that he does not agree with 100% ...

    News24 Top Stories 2010

  • There will always be times the Captain and Coach disagree, but Smith seems to "sulk" when decisions are made that he does not agree with 100% ...

    News24 Top Stories 2010

  • According to the BBC's gardening wizards it will "sulk" if it is planted in heavy clay or shale.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph 2010

  • 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.

    British Blogs 2008

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