sullen

[suhl-uhn]
adjective
1.
showing irritation or ill humor by a gloomy silence or reserve.
2.
persistently and silently ill-humored; morose.
3.
indicative of gloomy ill humor.
4.
gloomy or dismal, as weather or a sound.
5.
sluggish, as a stream.
6.
Obsolete. malignant, as planets or influences.

Origin:
1565–75; earlier solein, Middle English < ?

sullenly, adverb
sullenness, noun
unsullen, adjective
unsullenly, adverb


1. See cross. 1, 2. See glum. 2. sulky, moody, sour, bad-tempered. 4. cheerless, clouded, overcast, somber, mournful, dark. 5. slow, stagnant.


1, 2. cheerful.
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sullen (ˈsʌlən)
 
adj
1.  unwilling to talk or be sociable; sulky; morose
2.  sombre; gloomy: a sullen day
3.  literary sluggish; slow: a sullen stream
4.  obsolete threatening
 
n
5.  archaic (plural) a sullen mood
 
[C16: perhaps from Anglo-French solain (unattested), ultimately related to Latin sōlus alone]
 
'sullenly
 
adv
 
'sullenness
 
n

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sullen
1570s, alteration of M.E. soleyn "unique, singular," from Anglo-Fr. *solein, formed on the pattern of O.Fr. soltain, from O.Fr. soul "single" (see sole (2)). The sense shift in M.E. from "solitary" to "morose" occurred between about 1380 and 1400.
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Example sentences
Deep down lurks the sullen suspicion that this is a drama that the euro zone
  may be condemned to relive time and again.
It came at me in plain words one night, in that sullen calm before sleep.
Sullen and silent, she is locked in her own private prison.
Where the former film is agonized and sullen, the latter is mischievous and
  restive, daring us to be dismayed by its insolence.
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