[ UK /sˈʌlən/ ]
[ US /ˈsəɫən/ ]
  1. showing a brooding ill humor
    a sour temper
    a sullen crowd
    a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius
    a dark scowl
    the proverbially dour New England Puritan
    a morose and unsociable manner
    he sat in moody silence
    a glum, hopeless shrug
  2. darkened by clouds
    a heavy sky
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How To Use sullen In A Sentence

  • But it is hard to imagine him miscalculating that it could be done in the teeth of active opposition from the other political parties, the electorate, and a somewhat sullen defence force.
  • She waited to tell him of her decision until the main doors of the school opened, as if to greet them, and the girls streamed through in varying degrees of sullenness and exultation and prettiness and slouching disarray.
  • But if it shall be otherwise -- if they stubbornly, sullenly persist in cherishing and manifesting the spirit of treason, making their motto to read, Bound, but not broken, then let the severities of immutable justice be meted out to them: let them die the death. A Discourse on the Death of Abraham Lincoln
  • Sullenly, Andrea settled down into her seat and grumbled something incoherent.
  • The trinkets they were wearing around their necks and wrists gave off a glimmer in the dim light - the sky had turned into a mass of sullen grey threatening a persistent downpour.
  • Obviously the players are in a very sullen mood. The Sun
  • Practice was a sullen affair, conducted with an almost funereal lack of enthusiasm. Times, Sunday Times
  • I sat there sullenly staring at the roast mutton and potatoes.
  • The animal had the character of being, contrary to what his species usually are, exceedingly savage; and he suffered himself to be taken up by me and carried from his foes with a kind of sullenness; but when, being out of the reach of danger, he was put down, he gazed on his deliverer, and then crouched at his feet. The Dog
  • Sullenly Harry stood up to allow some one to push past into the aisle.
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