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She changed from outgoing child to sullen teenager.
  showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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  • She changed from outgoing child to sullen teenager.
  • A sullen crowd watched the execution.
  • Peter returned to being sullen, refusing to talk.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • her face lost its sullenness and grew interested.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men

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  • Connie’s eyes were sullen.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The retreat was orderly, wet and sullen. In the night, going slowly along the crowded roads we...
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • But I stood there sullen and silent with my eyes downcast,
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • She sullen, mean, mischievous and too stubborn to live in this world.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • "My head is ringing like a bee tree," said a sullen little voice over their heads,
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • I leaned back next to him sullenly.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders

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  • Angel was sullen and quiet;
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Gertrude stood sullenly.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • But the name of Aragorn had put Gollum into a sullen mood.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • We sat and drank it, and the girl looked sullen.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • ...and rivers that poured out of echoing gorges to plunge sullenly into black depths.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Willie Streeter came back to the gym, sullen and overweight.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • Pete came along slowly, with a sullen dropping of the under lip.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • "I’ll get a job," he said, sullenly, "don’t worry about it, I’ll get job."
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • [His] ...face grew a shade more sullen and...
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • The heavy brown eyes stared sullenly back at him.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • As she escorted him to the elevator, I couldn’t help but remember the sullen, angry young man who had come into my office just one year earlier.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • His manner is sullen, his face set in gloom.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Beyond the edge of the fields the sullen haze hung over earth and sky alike.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • She had put her foot down and it had stayed down, in spite of Joe’s sullen mutterings and Brett’s wounded eyes.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • A slight wind picked up and made the trees that grew in sullen clusters along the ridge sway menacingly.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • (WALTER is silent and sullen) I—I just seen my family falling apart today . . .
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • sullenly willing to be disappointed all at the same time.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Cole purposely isolated himself in his room, sitting sullenly.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • COLE STARED SULLENLY into the fire, then let his gaze wander.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Cole walked sullenly around the room.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • The showers back at the dorm seemed like pure luxury now The Gladers remained sullen and quiet as they readied for the journey.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Minho broke the sullen silence.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • He told Colin this sometimes, when Colin would come home from school sullen, tired of the Abdominal Snowman, tired of pretending that his abject friendlessness didn’t bother him.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • He is silent and sullen and strangely nervous, this guy who effortlessly conned me into believing him and in him.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • In sullen silence we sat and ate.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He shrugged sullenly.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • "Seven years," I replied sullenly.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Meanwhile we had untied the chain, and while Ootek dragged the sullenly reluctant Kooa off toward home, I covered the rear with the rifle.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In doing this they added a small, sullen silence to the larger, hollow one.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • After giving enough one-word answers, Wells had gotten Octavia to stop asking about Clarke, but now she was walking along sullenly, and he felt guilty.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • I lie there looking up into the low gray sky at the flakes of snow sifting sullenly down upon us.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • How is it that Miri, who longed for a daughter after two sons, has wound up with an angry, sullen child like Eliza?
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Reynie looked at Constance, whose face was even more sullen than usual, and fearful as well.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • One of the three sat with his head down in sullen disgust.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • He stared at her sullenly.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • For years the strangers among us had passed sullenly in the hallways; now we looked, we nodded, we smiled.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • She was as crotchety and sullen as a three-legged mule, and I was not quite sure why.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • He crossed the street sullenly then, his hands jammed in his pockets.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Meg looked up at her mother, half in loving admiration, half in sullen resentment.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Hour after hour, they trudged by, their heads down, their expressions sullen.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
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