- The definition of sulky is someone or something that is gloomy or withdrawn.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: prob. 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: prob. < sulkythe , in the sense of keeping aloof, because the vehicle seats only one person
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adjective sulk·i·er, sulk·i·est
- Sullenly aloof or withdrawn.
- Gloomy; dismal: sulky weather.
Origin: Perhaps alteration of obsolete sulke, sluggish, perhaps ultimately from Old English āsolcen, from past participle of āseolcan, to become sluggish.
- sulkˈi·ly adverb
- sulkˈi·ness noun
noun pl. sulk·ies
Origin: From sulky1 (from its having only one seat).