Adjective "Sulky" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Morose, bad-tempered, and resentful; refusing to be cooperative or cheerful.
  1. 'She claimed to have been calling me since 2pm to ask for directions; this kind of clarified my feeling that she was not someone I want to share space with and we had a conversation that made me feel like the mother of a sulky teenager.'
  2. 'He is moody, brilliant, sulky, a cheat, and intermittently sublime.'
  3. 'And, most challengingly, how can you organise a successful family holiday with sulky teenagers?'
  4. 'Say no more, except perhaps to point out that if you want your views taken seriously in Brussels, try to make sure you're smoking Gauloises and are accompanied by several hundred sulky colleagues in trucks.'
  5. 'Chloe nodded, but refused to be pulled out of her sulky state.'
  6. 'Although beautifully shot, the film is crippled by its sluggish pace, and it is difficult to muster much sympathy for the petulant, sulky Ishmael.'
  7. 'After several days of being sulky, Kate flatly refused to talk to me on Wednesday.'
  8. 'Understandably, therefore, Coulthard has been irritated by the speculation surrounding his future, but in his defence, he has neither resorted to lashing out at his critics or wasting energy in sulky routines.'
  9. 'Often, the effect is like a bird buzzing a hippopotamus, the electronics here, there and everywhere, the guitar static and sulky.'
  10. 'Indeed, while Cole has a reputation for being at times a sulky figure in public, that probably stems from a distrust of the media and experience is changing him into a more laid-back character.'
  11. 'she had a sultry, sulky mouth'
  12. 'Her heart-shaped face was now dabbed with a few tears, her mouth formed in a sulky pout.'
  13. 'His gloom was more than sulky posturing: when Smith sang about heroin addiction or alcoholism or depression, he was singing about things he had experienced first-hand.'
  14. 'With that I had to find a chef, face his sulky face as he finds a lemon, wait for him in the very hot kitchen as he cuts it, and walk a very very long distance to give it to her.'
  15. 'Her mouth was pinched, almost sulky, as if she'd sucked on a lemon.'
  16. 'Now, she's hoping her sulky blend of jazz will stir up interest in the U.S., too.'
  17. 'He is extraordinary-looking, with cold blue-green eyes, high cheekbones and full, sulky lips that are happiest when in full pout.'


A light two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle for one person, used chiefly in trotting races.
  1. 'The prompters, which are not permitted to put their head in front of the horse in the time trial, were Thoroughbreds hitched to sulkies who galloped behind Moni Maker.'
  2. 'The potential for serious injury is high, says the report, and the racing of horses and sulkies near the Rising Sun, on Long Marton Road, at more than 30 mph, with several hundred spectators, gives the most grave concerns.'
  3. 'Visitors to John's farm also get to view his large collection of farm and agricultural implements and timber cutting gear and have a ride on a draught horse slide or sulky.'


1. marked by or given to sulking; sullen.

2. gloomy or dull: sulky weather. noun, plural sulkies.

3. a light, two-wheeled, one-horse carriage for one person.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be sulky with husbands."

"people can be sulky."

"voices can be sulky."

"mouths can be sulky."

"moods can be sulky."

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Mid 18th century: perhaps from obsolete sulke ‘hard to dispose of’, of unknown origin.