sullen

[s_ˈʌ_l_ə_n], [sˈʌlən], [sˈʌlən]

Antonyms for sullen:

benignant, blithe, tender, amiable, chipper, happy-go-lucky, frolicsome, jovial, winning, easygoing, cheery, Eupeptic, jocose, festive, hospitable, agreeable, indulgent, engaging, lightsome, jolly, gracious, gleeful, hopeful, effervescent, pleasing, frolic, comforting, cordial, radiant, crank, good-tempered, gentle, canty, merry, affable, good-humored, kind, bland, sunshiny, relaxed, joyful, attractive, jocular, aglow, blithesome, lovable, buoyant, bubbly, mild, mirthful, beaming, genial, loving, encouraging, complaisant, cheering, joyous, sunny, upbeat, heartwarming, glowing, Gamesome, cheerful, pleasant, winsome, exuberant, gladsome, clear, laughing, lovely, good-natured, sympathetic, carefree, lighthearted, bouncy, sweet, vivacious, bright, optimistic, perky, friendly, jocund, sociable.


Definitions of sullen:

  1.   Obstinate; intractable. – Newage Dictionary DB
  2.   Gloomy; dismal; foreboding. – Newage Dictionary DB
  3.   Gloomily angry and silent: malignant: dark: dull. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4.   To make sullen or sluggish. – Newage Dictionary DB
  5.   darkened by clouds; " a heavy sky" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6.   Mischievous; malignant; unpropitious. – Newage Dictionary DB
  7.   showing a brooding ill humor; " a dark scowl"; " the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; " a glum, hopeless shrug"; " he sat in moody silence"; " a morose and unsociable manner"; " a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; " a sour temper"; " a sullen crowd" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8.   Sullenness. – Newage Dictionary DB
  9.   Sullen feelings or manners; sulks; moroseness; as, to have the sullens. – Newage Dictionary DB
  10.   Lonely; solitary; desolate. – Newage Dictionary DB
  11.   Obstinately and gloomily ill - humored. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12.   One who is solitary, or lives alone; a hermit. – Newage Dictionary DB
  13.   Sullenly. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14.   Gloomily angry; obstinate. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15.   Inclined to be alone; ill- humored: as, a sullen disposition; dismal; heavy; gloomy; as, a sullen sky. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16.   Gloomily angry and silent; cross; sour; in ill humour; mischievous; obstinate; intractable; dark; dull. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17.   Heavy; dull; sluggish. – Newage Dictionary DB
  18.   Of an unsociable morose disposition; gloomily silent and angry; cloudy; dismal. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19.   Gloomily angry and silent; cross; sour; affected with ill humor; morose. – Newage Dictionary DB

Quotes for sullen:

  1. Everybody sees me as this sullen and insecure little thing. Those are just the sides of me that I feel it's necessary to show because no one else seems to be showing them. – Fiona Apple
  2. We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen he will hear our sighs. – Saint Augustine
  3. Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance- the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen – Thomas Carlyle
  4. Tell me not of joy: there's none Now my little sparrow's gone; He, just as you, Would toy and woo, He would chirp and flatter me, He would hang the wing awhile, Till at length he saw me smile, Lord! how sullen he would be! – William Cartwright
  5. Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen – Willa Cather
  6. Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person. – Horace
  7. The heart which finds life in material wealth is usually certain to go farther and seek for more in the satisfaction of base and sullen appetites. – George A. Smith

Usage examples for sullen:

  1. An instant recognition gave life to the face of the former, and threw a dark blush over the sullen features of the latter. ” – Paul Clifford, Volume 6. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. The rest disliked him and said he was proud or sullen – Tales from Dickens by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  3. After sitting for some time, and watching all my movements, he withdrew, with a sullen disappointed air. ” – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  4. “ Ruby's face was excited though sullen – The Man Who Wins by Robert Herrick
  5. The Indians were in a sullen threatening mood; it was difficult to extract any information, and Flett was alone. ” – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  6. He got no answer in words, but sullen eyes flung out an obstinate refusal to give away his associates. ” – Brand Blotters by William MacLeod Raine
  7. She remained silent and sullen – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  8. The animal's behavior is altered and it becomes sullen irritable and nervous. ” – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  9. She might have known all about me in telling that story of Aaron Goudge, for, after all, the motives of that sullen blackguard were quite as high as mine. ” – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  10. He looked long into her tense face and then muttered, with the sullen despair of the sick: " I don't know. ” – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  11. He made me no answer, but maintained a sullen silence. ” – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  12. She made a determination, sullen like a child, to ride on and on into the wilderness, and let fate take care of her. ” – Riders of the Silences by Max Brand
  13. She's turned sullen now. ” – Jane Journeys On by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  14. He maintained a sullen silence. ” – Penny Nichols Finds a Clue by Joan Clark
  15. In wet, sullen misery he returned with Joe to the horses. ” – Roosevelt in the Bad Lands by Hermann Hagedorn
  16. “ Lottie looked pale and sullen and De Forrest was evidently disgusted. ” – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  17. “ For this sullen muttering I had to go without my breakfast; and after breakfast was over, I was made to beg Cousin Josiah's pardon; but I did not beg it in my heart- not a bit- only with my lips, just repeating the words I was told to say; and from that time I never spoke one word to him, nor looked at him, if I could help it. ” – Letters from a Cat by Helen Jackson
  18. Then some quality in the frail creature had unlocked the girl's sealed and often sullen heart. ” – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. “ No, sullen group of shadows, No! ” – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  20. As he listened his sullen face became good tempered, and at last he said, in a gentle tone, " Jack, I'm quite ready to begin if you are." ” – Mopsa the Fairy by Jean Ingelow

Rhymes for sullen:

  • cullan, cullen, mullen;

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