Sulky meaning

sŭlkē
The definition of sulky is someone or something that is gloomy or withdrawn.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.

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Showing resentment or dissatisfaction by petulant or peevish withdrawal.
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Sullenly aloof or withdrawn.
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Gloomy; dismal.

Sulky weather.

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A light, open two-wheeled vehicle accommodating only the driver and drawn by one horse, used especially in harness racing.
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Gloomy; dismal; sullen.

A sulky day.

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A light, two-wheeled, one-horse carriage having a seat for only one person, esp. now, one used in harness races.
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(often derogatory) Silent and withdrawn after being upset.

The sulky child.

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A low two-wheeled cart, used in harness racing.
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Any carriage seating only the driver.
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Origin of sulky

  • Perhaps 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition