unsulkiness

sulky

[suhl-kee]
adjective, sulkier, sulkiest.
1.
marked by or given to sulking; sullen.
2.
gloomy or dull: sulky weather.
noun, plural sulkies.
3.
a light, two-wheeled, one-horse carriage for one person.

Origin:
1735–45; akin to Old English solcen- lazy (in solcennes laziness), Frisian (N dial.) sulkig sulky

sulkily, adverb
sulkiness, noun
unsulkily, adverb
unsulkiness, noun
unsulky, adjective


1. moody, surly, morose, churlish.


1. good-humored, good-natured.
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sulky1 (ˈsʌlkɪ)
 
adj , sulkier, sulkiest
1.  sullen, withdrawn, or moody, through or as if through resentment
2.  dull or dismal: sulky weather
 
[C18: perhaps from obsolete sulke sluggish, probably related to Old English āseolcan to be lazy]
 
'sulkily1
 
adv
 
'sulkiness1
 
n

sulky2 (ˈsʌlkɪ)
 
n , pl sulkies
a light two-wheeled vehicle for one person, usually drawn by one horse
 
[C18: from sulky1, because it can carry only one person]

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sulky
"sullen," 1744, probably from O.E. asolcen "idle, lazy, slow," from pp. of aseolcan "become sluggish, be weak or idle" (related to besylcan "be languid"), from P.Gmc. *seklanan (cf. M.H.G. selken "to drop, fall").

sulky
"light carriage with two wheels," 1756, apparently a noun use of sulky (adj.), on notion of "standoffishness," because the carriage has room for only one person.
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