sullen


sullen
adjective Etymology: Middle English solein solitary, from Anglo-French sulein, solain, perhaps from sol, soul single, sole + -ain after Old French soltain solitary, private, from Late Latin solitaneus, ultimately from Latin solus alone Date: 14th century 1. a. gloomily or resentfully silent or repressed <
a sullen crowd
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b. suggesting a sullen state ; lowering <
a sullen countenance
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2. dull or somber in sound or color 3. dismal, gloomy <
a sullen morning
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4. moving sluggishly <
a sullen river
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sullenly adverbsullenness noun Synonyms: sullen, glum, morose, surly, sulky, crabbed, saturnine, gloomy mean showing a forbidding or disagreeable mood. sullen implies a silent ill humor and a refusal to be sociable <
remained sullen amid the festivities
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. glum suggests a silent dispiritedness <
a glum candidate left to ponder a stunning defeat
>
. morose adds to glum an element of bitterness or misanthropy <
morose job seekers who are inured to rejection
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. surly implies gruffness and sullenness of speech or manner <
a typical surly teenager
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. sulky suggests childish resentment expressed in peevish sullenness <
grew sulky after every spat
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. crabbed applies to a forbidding morose harshness of manner <
the school's notoriously crabbed headmaster
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. saturnine describes a heavy forbidding aspect or suggests a bitter disposition <
a saturnine cynic always finding fault
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. gloomy implies a depression in mood making for seeming sullenness or glumness <
a gloomy mood ushered in by bad news
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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