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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

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

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

Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person.

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