from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being sulky.
  • n. The result or product of being sulky.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sulky; sullenness; moroseness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being sulky; sullenness; moroseness.

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

  • n. a mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal
  • n. a feeling of sulky resentment
  • n. a sullen moody resentful disposition


From sulky +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)


  • But a kind of sulkiness kept him away from her, so she thought he disliked her.

    Women in Love

  • He was in that state of highly respectful sulkiness which is peculiar to English servants.

    The Woman in White

  • He was in that state of highly respectful sulkiness which is peculiar to

    The Woman in White

  • "Ecoutez!" she went on, drawing near and speaking in her most confidential and coaxing tone; for my "sulkiness" was inconvenient to her: she liked me to be in a talking and listening mood, even if I only talked to chide and listened to rail.


  • a kind of sulkiness that often appeared in him, as one of the little symptoms of inward trouble.

    The Marble Faun - Volume 2 The Romance of Monte Beni

  • After years of suppressing his famous sulkiness, Mr. Moss let everyone know how disappointed he was that New England hadn't offered him a new contract.

    Patriots Become New Team Turmoil

  • There was no trace of sulkiness in the divine face.

    Burton’s First Encounter with Taylor

  • Terms & Expressions: la bouderie (f) = sulkiness, (fit of the) sulks bouder quelqu'un = to refuse to have anything to do with someone avoir des succès de boudoir = to be successful with women un boudoir = a private sitting room; also a finger-shaped cookie or cake known in English as a "ladyfinger"

    French Word-A-Day:

  • He was shrewd enough to guess that the only way to cure her sulkiness was to outsulk her; but there was no sign of her presence in any direction; and the canoes being finished at last, the gold, and such provisions as they could collect, were placed on board, and one evening the party prepared for their fresh voyage.

    Westward Ho!

  • She answered only with tears; unless, when at times driven into pettish sulkiness by the persecution of the interrogators, she made them abrupt and disrespectful answers.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian


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