An example of sulky is the sad look on a dog's face after it's been scolded for getting into the trash.
- showing resentment or dissatisfaction by petulant or peevish withdrawal
- gloomy; dismal; sullen: a sulky day
Origin of sulkyprobably ; from Old English -solcen (in compound ), idle, sluggish, past participle of -seolcan, to become slack ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sel?-, to let go, let loose from source Sanskrit sarjati, (he) releases
Origin of sulkyprob. < sulkythe , in the sense, “keeping aloof”, because the vehicle seats only one person
- Sullenly aloof or withdrawn.
- Gloomy; dismal: sulky weather.
Origin of sulkyPerhaps alteration of obsolete sulke, sluggish, perhaps ultimately from Old English &amacron;solcen, from past participle of &amacron;seolcan, to become sluggish. N., from its having only one seat .
(comparative sulkier, superlative sulkiest)
- (often derogatory) silent and withdrawn after being upset
- the sulky child
- A low two-wheeled cart, used in harness racing.
- Any carriage seating only the driver.