- The definition of sulky is someone or something that is gloomy or withdrawn.
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 selĝ-, to let go, let loose from source Sanskrit sarjati, (he) releases
Origin of sulkyprob. < sulkythe , in the sense of 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- Sullenly aloof or withdrawn.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 āsolcen, from past participle of āseolcan, 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- (often derogatory) silent and withdrawn after being upset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.