Sullen

  • 1Sullen — Sul len, a. [OE. solein, solain, lonely, sullen; through Old French fr. (assumed) LL. solanus solitary, fr. L. solus alone. See {Sole}, a.] 1. Lonely; solitary; desolate. [Obs.] Wyclif (Job iii. 14). [1913 Webster] 2. Gloomy; dismal; foreboding.… …

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  • 2Sullen — may refer to:* Sullens Swiss municipalityMusic* A Sullen Sky song * Sullen band * Sullen Girl song * Sullen Soul song * Slumber of Sullen Eyes album/song * The Sullen Sulcus album …

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  • 3sullen — sullen, *glum, morose, surly, sulky, crabbed, saturnine, dour, gloomy can mean governed by or showing, especially in one s aspect, a forbidding or disagreeable mood or disposition. One is sullen who is, often by disposition, gloomy, silent, and… …

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  • 4Sullen — Sul len, n. 1. One who is solitary, or lives alone; a hermit. [Obs.] Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Sullen feelings or manners; sulks; moroseness; as, to have the sullens. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5Sullen — Sul len, v. t. To make sullen or sluggish. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Sullens the whole body with . . . laziness. Feltham. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6sullen — [sul′ən] adj. [ME solein, alone, solitary < VL * solanus, alone < L solus, alone, SOLE2] 1. showing resentment and ill humor by morose, unsociable withdrawal 2. gloomy; dismal; sad; depressing 3. somber; dull [sullen colors] 4. slow moving; …

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  • 7sullen — index despondent, resentful, restive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 8sullen — 1570s, alteration of M.E. soleyn unique, singular, from Anglo Fr. *solein, formed on the pattern of O.Fr. soltain, from O.Fr. soul single (see SOLE (Cf. sole) (2)). The sense shift in M.E. from solitary to morose occurred late 14c …

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  • 9sullen — [adj] brooding, upset bad tempered, cheerless, churlish, crabbed*, crabby*, cross, cynical, dismal, dour, dull, fretful, frowning, gloomy, glowering, glum, gruff, grumpy*, heavy, hostile, ill humored, inert, irritable, malevolent, malicious,… …

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  • 10sullen — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ bad tempered and sulky. DERIVATIVES sullenly adverb sullenness noun. ORIGIN originally in the senses «averse to company» and «unusual»: from Old French sulein, from sol sole …

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  • 11sullen — adjective Etymology: Middle English solein solitary, from Anglo French sulein, solain, perhaps from sol, soul single, sole + ain after Old French soltain solitary, private, from Late Latin solitaneus, ultimately from Latin solus alone Date: 14th… …

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  • 12sullen — sul|len [ˈsʌlən] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Anglo French solein single, solitary, sullen , from Latin solus alone ] 1.) angry and silent, especially because you feel life has been unfair to you ▪ Bill sat in sullen… …

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  • 13sullen — [[t]sʌ̱l(ə)n[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is sullen is bad tempered and does not speak much. The offenders lapsed into a sullen silence... Many of them remained sullen and resentful. Derived words: sullenly ADV GRADED usu ADV with v, also ADV adj… …

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  • 14sullen — sul|len [ sʌlən ] adjective 1. ) showing that you are in an unhappy mood, and do not want to talk a ) used about someone s expression or attitude: a sullen look 2. ) LITERARY if the sky or weather is sullen, it is dark and unpleasant ╾ sul|len|ly …

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  • 15sullen — adjective 1 silently showing anger or bad temper: a look of sullen resentment 2 literary sky or weather that is sullen is dark and unpleasant; gloomy (3) sullenly adverb sullenness noun (U) …

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  • 16sullen — UK [ˈsʌlən] / US adjective 1) a) showing that you are in an unhappy mood, and do not want to talk b) used about someone s expression or attitude a sullen look 2) literary if the sky or weather is sullen, it is dark and unpleasant Derived words:… …

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  • 17sullen — /ˈsʌlən / (say suluhn) adjective 1. showing ill humour by a gloomy silence or reserve. 2. silently and persistently ill humoured; morose. 3. indicative of gloomy ill humour: sullen silence. 4. gloomy or dismal, as weather, sounds, etc.: a sullen… …

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  • 18sullen — adj. & n. adj. 1 morose, resentful, sulky, unforgiving, unsociable. 2 a (of a thing) slow moving. b dismal, melancholy (a sullen sky). n. (in pl., usu. prec. by the) archaic a sullen frame of mind; depression. Derivatives: sullenly adv.… …

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  • 19sullen — adj. Sullen is used with these nouns: ↑silence …

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  • 20sullen — [16] The etymological notion underlying sullen is of being miserable because one is ‘on one’s own’. The word comes from Anglo Norman *solein ‘alone’, hence ‘miserable’, a derivative of Old French soul ‘alone’ (source of English sole). => SOLE …

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