• John Deere sulky plow, about 1920
    John Deere sulky plow, about 1920
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sulky depressingly dark "the gloomy forest","the glooming interior of an old inn","`gloomful' is archaic"
    • adj sulky moving slowly "a sluggish stream"
    • adj sulky sullen or moody
    • n sulky a light two-wheeled vehicle for one person; drawn by one horse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sulky A light two-wheeled carriage for a single person.Sulky is used adjectively in the names of several agricultural machines drawn by horses to denote that the machine is provided with wheels and a seat for the driver; as, sulky plow; sulky harrow; sulky rake, etc.
    • a Sulky Moodly silent; sullen; sour; obstinate; morose; splenetic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sulky Silently resentful; dogged; morose; sullen; moody; disposed to keep aloof from society, or to repel the friendly advances of others.
    • sulky Stunted, or of backward growth: noting a condition of a plant, sometimes resulting from insect injury.
    • sulky Synonyms Morose, Splenetic, etc. (see sullen); cross, spleenish, perverse, cross-grained, out of humor.
    • n sulky A light two-wheeled carriage for one person, drawn by one horse, commonly used for trials of speed between trotting-horses.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sulky silently sullen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Sulky (a.); -- so called from the owner's desire of riding alone.]
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. solcen, slow—seolcan, to be slow.


In literature:

A sulky voice responded to her knock, and throwing open the door the two girls stepped inside.
"Grace Harlowe's Second Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
Why so sulky and stiff-necked, when your best friend stands before you?
"The Story of Siegfried" by James Baldwin
Come, come, young man, don't look sulky about it.
"Old Mortality, Illustrated, Volume 1." by Sir Walter Scott
Come, come, young man, don't look sulky about it.
"Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
The spleen he saw in Roland was misanthropy, without the sulkiness of Timon or the wit of Alceste.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
Gretna was sulky and silent, and his parents thought they had conquered.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I wasn't sure about the sulky old boy in the tent.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
But Dan is a very sulky fellow, very difficult to manage.
"Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
Lucy, still sulky, nodded in reply.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
From the contemplation of these sights the sulky housekeeper drove him.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In poetry:

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
The sulky sage scarce condescends to see
This pretty world of sun and grass and leaves;
To him 'tis all illusion--only he
Is real amid the visions he perceives.
"Philosophy" by Edith Nesbit
For his enemies, and then a bright
Lady that did but ope the door
Upon the storming night
To let a beggar in, -- strange spite, --
And then thy sulky rain refused to pour
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier
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.