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Meaning of SULLEN

Pronunciation:  'sulun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  darkened by clouds; "a heavy sky"
  2. [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"

SULLEN is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: cloudy, dark, dour, glowering, glum, heavy, ill-natured, lowering, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, threatening



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sul"len\, a. [OE. solein, solain, lonely, sullen;
    through Old French fr. (assumed) LL. solanus solitary, fr. L.
    solus alone. See {Sole}, a.]
    1. Lonely; solitary; desolate. [Obs.] --Wyclif (Job iii. 14).
    2. Gloomy; dismal; foreboding. --Milton.
             Solemn hymns so sullen dirges change. --Shak.
    3. Mischievous; malignant; unpropitious.
             Such sullen planets at my birth did shine. --Dryden.
    4. Gloomily angry and silent; cross; sour; affected with ill
       humor; morose.
             And sullen I forsook the imperfect feast. --Prior.
    5. Obstinate; intractable.
             Things are as sullen as we are.       --Tillotson.
    6. Heavy; dull; sluggish. ``The larger stream was placid, and
       even sullen, in its course.'' --Sir W. Scott.
    Syn: Sulky; sour; cross; ill-natured; morose; peevish;
         fretful; ill-humored; petulant; gloomy; malign;
    Usage: {Sullen}, {Sulky}. Both sullen and sulky show
           themselves in the demeanor. Sullenness seems to be an
           habitual sulkiness, and sulkiness a temporary
           sullenness. The former may be an innate disposition;
           the latter, a disposition occasioned by recent injury.
           Thus we are in a sullen mood, and in a sulky fit.
                 No cheerful breeze this sullen region knows; The
                 dreaded east is all the wind that blows. --Pope.
           -- {Sul"len*ly}, adv. -- {Sul"len*ness}, n.
  2. \Sul"len\, n.
    1. One who is solitary, or lives alone; a hermit. [Obs.]
       --Piers Plowman.
    2. pl. Sullen feelings or manners; sulks; moroseness; as, to
       have the sullens. [Obs.] --Shak.
  3. \Sul"len\, v. t.
    To make sullen or sluggish. [Obs.]
          Sullens the whole body with . . . laziness. --Feltham.