• John Deere sulky plow, about 1920
    John Deere sulky plow, about 1920
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sulkiness a sullen moody resentful disposition
    • n sulkiness a feeling of sulky resentment
    • n sulkiness a mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal "stayed home in a sulk"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sulkiness The quality or state of being sulky; sullenness; moroseness; as, sulkiness of disposition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sulkiness The state or quality of being sulky; sullenness; moroseness.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For sulkenness, fr. AS. solcen, slothful, remiss, in āsolcen, besolcen, properly p. p. of sealcan, in āsealcan, to be weak or slothful; of uncertain origin


In literature:

I walked silent, and more or less sulky, between them down the gravelled path.
"In the Valley" by Harold Frederic
At last Mr. O'Rourke shrugged his shoulders, and withdrew to his chair with a sulky scowl.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
The juniors laughed and chaffed the sophomores, who were sullen and sulky and who muttered much about getting even.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
James Tapster alone looked sulky and annoyed.
"From Out the Vasty Deep" by Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
Bless my soul, the minx is sulky!
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
But the sulky captain broke his promise and sailed past the Bay.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
After reducing the men to a state of sulky submission, he turned once more and began the descent.
"The American Baron" by James De Mille
Anderson knocked, and Mrs. Ginnell came to the door, a tired, and apparently sulky woman.
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Then another little fox is sulkiness.
"Fifty-Two Story Talks To Boys And Girls" by Howard J. Chidley
But by this new method you can hitch them to a rattling sulky, plow, wagon, or anything else in its worst shape.
"The Arabian Art of Taming and Training Wild and Vicious Horses" by P. R. Kincaid
If I can but get the sulky Scottish spirit set up, the devil won't turn them.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
All the butchers were sulky and cross, only Robin was merry.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Ag'd nags in sulkies.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
Throughout all these five years he scarcely ever writes to his forgiving father; maintains latterly a sulky silence.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
The director's gaze as it flashed about the hall, had evidently discovered more than the sulky chorus-girl.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
He was not going to let the sulky resentment of a few shepherds interfere with his course now.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
He's just a big, handsome, sulky kid.
"The Lookout Man" by B. M. Bower
She did not see the sulky young fellow who had followed her.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
Rose Danton stood leaning against the low, old-fashioned chimney piece in her bedroom staring at the fire with a very sulky face.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
Bitter are a brutal husband and a faithless wife, a silly daughter and a sulky son.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli

In poetry:

Who kick a nurse's aged shin,
And sit in sulky mopes;
And boys who twirl poor kittens in
Distracting zoetropes.
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
For your wages, take my body,
That at least to you I leave;
Set the sulky plumes upon it,
Bid the grinning mummers grieve.
"The Desecraters" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
But some were sulky of the slaves
And would not touch their meat,
So therefore we were forced by threats
And blows to make them eat.
"The Sailor, Who Had Served In The Slave Trade." by Robert Southey
When war, a red and sulky hell
Upbursting through the green of earth,
Shall sink for ever, but to dwell
In chaos where it first had birth:
"Railway Dreamings" by Alexander Anderson
He open'd the gates, and along led the maid;
Dark sulkiness reign'd on his brow,
From his savage black eyes murd'rous guilt was betray'd,
And gall from each pore seem'd to flow.
"Edmund And Anna" by Charlotte Dacre
'E wouldn't play the flute; the sulky cow.
An', after all the trouble that we took
To try an' cheer,'is spirits up some'ow,
'E jes' sat there an' slung a glarsy look
To orl the crowd. The diserbligin' coot!
'E wouldn't play the flute.
"The Disagreeable Musician" by C J Dennis

In news:

Some people great the morning with a smile, but it's more natural to protest its presence with sleepy sulkiness.
Life would be so much more sublime if all cats remained cuddly kittens, charming children did not become sulky adolescents, and foundation plants did not grow.
She's a TB mare, registered name "Sulky Squaw " (Waquoit x Sultress), barn name "Callie", approximately 16.1h, gray (was a rose gray and as she grayed out her mane and tail stayed dark).
She's a TB mare, registered name " Sulky Squaw" (Waquoit x Sultress), barn name "Callie", approximately 16.1h, gray (was a rose gray and as she grayed out her mane and tail stayed dark).
Emilio Estevez will ride in sulky for film shooting in region.
Mitt Romney bulled his way through the first debate, verbally trampling his opponent and the moderator, while Barack Obama offered the nation the sulky, downcast persona of President Sourpuss.
Marion says the Shakers were pacifists, but after watching Dolly's passivity and sulky indecision, she is swayed to join one of Jean's maneuvers.
Watch Sky Ferreira's Predictably Sulky 'Sad Dream' Video.
Courtesy of Heidi Anne Giebel THE SILVER THREAD used to create the swirls on this layout is Sulky Original Metallic thread and can be found at or at JoAnn Fabrics.