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- Sullenly aloof or withdrawn.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 asolcen, from past participle of aseolcan, 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- (often derogatory) silent and withdrawn after being upset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.