What does sullen mean?

Definitions for sullen
ˈsʌl ənsullen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen(adj)

    showing a brooding ill humor

    "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd"

  2. heavy, lowering, sullen, threatening(adj)

    darkened by clouds

    "a heavy sky"

Wiktionary

  1. sullen(Adjective)

    Having a brooding ill temper; sulky.

    Etymology: solein, from solein, from sole), from solus. The change in meaning from "single" to morose occurred in Middle English.

  2. sullen(Adjective)

    Dismal; somber.

    Etymology: solein, from solein, from sole), from solus. The change in meaning from "single" to morose occurred in Middle English.

  3. sullen(Adjective)

    Sluggish; slow.

    Etymology: solein, from solein, from sole), from solus. The change in meaning from "single" to morose occurred in Middle English.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sullen(adj)

    lonely; solitary; desolate

  2. Sullen(adj)

    gloomy; dismal; foreboding

  3. Sullen(adj)

    mischievous; malignant; unpropitious

  4. Sullen(adj)

    gloomily angry and silent; cross; sour; affected with ill humor; morose

  5. Sullen(adj)

    obstinate; intractable

  6. Sullen(adj)

    heavy; dull; sluggish

  7. Sullen(noun)

    one who is solitary, or lives alone; a hermit

  8. Sullen(noun)

    sullen feelings or manners; sulks; moroseness; as, to have the sullens

  9. Sullen(verb)

    to make sullen or sluggish

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sullen

    sul′en, adj. gloomily angry and silent: malignant, baleful: dark: dull.—adv. Sull′enly.—n. Sull′enness.—n.pl. Sull′ens, sullen fits. [O. Fr. solain—L. solus, alone.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sullen in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sullen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of sullen in a Sentence

  1. Lotte Akiko Nielsen:

    He came across as a sullen, scary and Terminator-ish type.

  2. Percy Bysshe Shelley:

    Rough wind, that moanest loudGrief too sad for songWild wind, when sullen cloudKnells all the night longSad storm, whose tears are vain,Bare woods, whose branches strain,Deep caves and dreary main, - Wail, for the world's wrong

  3. Willa Cather, My Antonia:

    Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.

  4. Claude T. Bissell:

    I prefer complexity to certainty, cheerful mysteries to sullen facts.

  5. Willa Cather:

    Winter lies too long in country towns hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.

Images & Illustrations of sullen

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