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Definition to be overly unhappy and unsociable — often due to disappointment or a sense of not getting what was deserved
  • She was disappointed and retreated to her room to sulk.
sulk = to overly indulge in being unhappy and unsociable
  • She sulked for the rest of the week when she learned she would not make the starting team.
  • sulked = was excessively unhappy and unsociable
  • Rather than respond in a positive way, she retreated into a self-destructive sulk.
  • sulk = a mood that is excessively unhappy and unsociable
  • Try to stop sulking and be happy.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • sulking = being overly unhappy and unsociable
  • "Then—it's all off?" Candy asked sulkily.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • sulkily = in an excessively disappointed and unhappy manner
  • This last measure is the reason for Dussel's sulking.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • sulking = being overly unhappy and unsociable
  • The following morning, we packed up the car while Dad sat in the living room sulking.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • sulking = being overly unhappy and unsociable
  • Even after Julia and her father leave, I try to keep sulking. But it's no use. Gorillas are not, by nature, pouters.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • sulking = being overly upset and sad
  • 'Well,' retorted Newman, sulkily, 'don't expect me to know him too; that's all.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • sulkily = in an excessively unhappy and unsociable manner
  • Winston looked at the thing sulkily and without interest.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • sulkily = in the manner of someone overly indulging in an unhappy mood
  • ...sulky... dissatisfied... I tell you if my Sophy'd kept it up another day I'd have let her go.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • sulky = withdrawn and overly indulging in a sad mood
  • He was sulky, and so I came away.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • sulky = overly unhappy and unsociable
  • Only gradually did I become aware that the automobiles which turned expectantly into his drive stayed for just a minute and then drove sulkily away.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • sulkily = unhappily disappointed
  • Here, too, comes his owner, cheerful, sombre, gracious or in the sulks, accordingly as his scheme of the now accomplished voyage has been realized in merchandise that will readily be turned to gold, or has buried him under a bulk of incommodities such as nobody will care to rid him of.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • sulks = a bad mood characterized by being withdrawn and unhappy
  • I wish there may not be a little sulkiness of temper—her poor mother had a good deal; but we must make allowances for such a child—and I do not know that her being sorry to leave her home is really against her, for, with all its faults, it was her home, and she cannot as yet understand how much she has changed for the better; but then there is moderation in all things.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • sulkiness = excessive unhappiness and not being very sociable
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between savage fits of passion and gloomy intervals of sulking.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • sulking = being overly unhappy and unsociable
  • Everyone was mad at Dad, which gave him a case of the sulks.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • sulks = being overly unhappy and unsociable
  • How can you celebrate your birthday when you've got the sulks, how can you accept gifts from people you won't even talk to?
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • sulks = a mood that overly indulges in being sad and unsociable
  • But I turned sulky and wouldn't.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • sulky = overly unhappy and unsociable
  • Olive Hornby came into the bathroom — Are you in here again, sulking, Myrtle?' she said, 'because Professor Dippet asked me to look for you —'
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
sulking = overly unhappy and unsociable

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