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sulk

[suhlk] /sʌlk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to remain silent or hold oneself aloof in a sullen, ill-humored, or offended mood:
Promise me that you won't sulk if I want to leave the party early.
noun
2.
a state or fit of sulking.
3.
sulks, ill-humor shown by sulking:
to be in the sulks.
4.
Also, sulker. a person who sulks.
Origin of sulk
1775-1785
1775-85; back formation from sulky
Related forms
outsulk, verb (used with object)
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  • Florence is my chimney-corner, where I can sulk and be happy.

  • He did not sulk in his tent, however, but pursued his work with unabated zeal.

    Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark Jens Christian Aaberg
  • There was no doubt of the depth of his discouragement and depression, but he was plainly too good stuff to sulk for long.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • No, but I will not encourage your whims; you chose to sulk, it was no fault of mine.

    Isabel Leicester Clotilda Jennings
  • Out on you, you chicken-hearted swab, to sulk and fret like a babe new weaned!

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I was determined to sulk, and should have been glad to have something to sulk at.

    Cat and Dog Julia Charlotte Maitland
British Dictionary definitions for sulk

sulk

/sʌlk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to be silent and resentful because of a wrong done to one, esp in order to gain sympathy; brood sullenly: the child sulked in a corner after being slapped
noun
2.
(often pl) a state or mood of feeling resentful or sullen: he's in a sulk because he lost the game, he's got the sulks
3.
Also sulker. a person who sulks
Word Origin
C18: perhaps a back formation from sulky1
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Word Origin and History for sulk
v.

1781, back-formation of sulky (adj.). Related: Sulked; sulking.

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