Sullen, Sulky. Both sullen and sulky show themselves in the demeanor. Sullenness seems to be an habitual sulkiness, and sulkiness a temporary sullenness. The former may be an innate disposition; the latter, a disposition occasioned by recent injury. Thus we are in a sullen mood, and in a sulky fit. "No cheerful breeze this sullen region knows; The dreaded east is all the wind that blows." (Pope)
Origin: OE. Solein, solain, lonely, sullen; through Old French fr. (assumed) LL. Solanus solitary, fr. L. Solus alone.
(04 Mar 1998)
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