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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
1775-1785
1775-85; back formation from sulky
Related forms
outsulk, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the web for sulking
  • Leaving gracefully is better than staying, sulking and spoiling the others' fun.
  • It does not mean sulking as soon as you hear something that hits a raw nerve.
  • Here, it would be too easy to anthropomorphise the birds, by picturing them sulking in their nest boxes.
  • He may show little concern for his partner's wishes and may use sulking or anger to manipulate compliance.
  • They gave me time to gauge who was in a good mood, who was sulking or upset, and generally how everyone was feeling that day.
British Dictionary definitions for sulking

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 sulking

sulk

v.

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

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