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Definition of Sullen


  1. Lonely; solitary; desolate.
  2. Gloomy; dismal; foreboding.
  3. Mischievous; malignant; unpropitious.
  4. Gloomily angry and silent; cross; sour; affected with ill humor; morose.
  5. Obstinate; intractable.
  6. Heavy; dull; sluggish.
  7. One who is solitary, or lives alone; a hermit.
  8. Sullen feelings or manners; sulks; moroseness; as, to have the sullens.
  9. To make sullen or sluggish.

Sullen Quotations

We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
Saint Augustine

What does it mean to love someone with all your heart? It means to love with all your emotional feelings and with all your devotion. Surely when you love your wife with all your heart, you cannot demean her, criticize her, find fault with her, or abuse her by words, sullen behavior, or actions.
Ezra Taft Benson

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

I was such a sullen, angry, sad kid. I'm sure there are writers who have had happy childhoods, but what are you going to write about? No ghosts, no fear. I'm very happy that I had an unhappy and uncomfortable childhood.
Isabel Allende

Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.
Willa Cather
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Sullen Translations

sullen in Dutch is aalwaardig, gemelijk, aalwarig
sullen in Spanish is malhumorado
sullen in Swedish is trumpen, butter
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