Definitions for sullen
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sullen.
dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullenadjective
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"
heavy, lowering, sullen, threateningadjective
darkened by clouds
"a heavy sky"
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: Of this word the etymology is obscure.
Wilmot continued still sullen and perverse, and every day grew more insolent. Edward Hyde.
A man in a jail is sullen and out of humour at his first coming in. Roger L'Estrange.
Forc’d by my pride, I my concern suppress’d;
Pretended drowsiness, and wish of rest;
And sullen I forsook th’ imperfect feast. Matthew Prior.
If we sit down sullen and inactive, in expectation that God should do all, we shall find ourselves miserably deceived. John Rogers.
Such sullen planets at my birth did shine,
They threaten every fortune mixt with mine. Dryden.
The sullen fiend her sounding wings display’d,
Unwilling left the night, and sought the nether shade. Dryd.
Things are as sullen as we are, and will be what they are, whatever we think of them. John Tillotson, Sermons.
Why are thine eyes fixt to the sullen earth,
Gazing at that which seems to dim thy sight? William Shakespeare, H. VI.
Night with her sullen wings to double shade,
The desart fowls in their clay nests were couch’d,
And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam. John Milton.
A glimpse of moon-shine, streak’d with red;
A shuffled, sullen, and uncertain light,
That dances through the clouds, and shuts again. Dryden.
No cheerful breeze this sullen region knows;
The dreaded East is all the wind that blows. Alexander Pope.
Be thou the trumpet of our wrath,
And sullen presage of your own decay. William Shakespeare, K. John.
lonely; solitary; desolate
gloomy; dismal; foreboding
mischievous; malignant; unpropitious
gloomily angry and silent; cross; sour; affected with ill humor; morose
heavy; dull; sluggish
one who is solitary, or lives alone; a hermit
sullen feelings or manners; sulks; moroseness; as, to have the sullens
to make sullen or sluggish
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
The numerical value of sullen in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of sullen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
He came across as a sullen, scary and Terminator-ish type.
I prefer complexity to certainty, cheerful mysteries to sullen facts.
Winter lies too long in country towns hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.
Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.
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
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- dyster, mut, treven, mørk, tvær, vrangvilligDanish
- pahantuulinen, juro, synkeä, yrmeä, nyreä, ynseäFinnish
- lent, morne, maussade, moroseFrench
- gruamachScottish Gaelic
- մռայլ, խոժոռArmenian
- cupo, disarmante, pigro, astioso, tetro, lento, afflittoItalian
- sed tristesLatin
- whakamokeke, tukumaru, whakarikiriki, haumaruruMāori
- gemelijk, nors, traag, somberDutch
- trist, mutt, utilfreds, muggenNorwegian
- печальный, угрюмыйRussian
- мрзовољан, суморан, sumoran, mrzovoljanSerbo-Croatian
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