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adj. sul·len·er, sul·len·est
1. Showing a brooding ill humor or silent resentment; morose or sulky.
2. Gloomy or somber in tone, color, or portent: sullen, gray skies.
3. Sluggish; slow: the sullen current of a canal.

[Middle English solein, from Anglo-Norman solein, alone, from sol, single, from Latin sōlus, by oneself alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

sul′len·ly adv.
sul′len·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sullenness - a gloomy ill-tempered feeling
moodiness - a sullen gloomy feeling
2.sullenness - a sullen moody resentful disposition
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
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[ˈsʌlənnɪs] Nhosquedad f


(of person)Missmutigkeit f, → Verdrießlichkeit f
(liter, of landscape, sky) → Düsterkeit f


[ˈsʌlənnɪs] n (see adj) → musoneria, scontrosità, arroganza


(ˈsalən) adjective
silent and bad-tempered. a sullen young man; a sullen expression.
ˈsullenly adverb
ˈsullenness noun
References in classic literature ?
I didn't tell you anything," said Cassy, with dogged sullenness.
She had not been able to speak; and, on entering the carriage, sunk back for a moment overcomethen reproaching herself for having taken no leave, making no acknowledgment, parting in apparent sullenness, she looked out with voice and hand eager to shew a difference; but it was just too late.
Some days since: nay, I can number them--four; it was last Monday night, a singular mood came over me: one in which grief replaced frenzy--sorrow, sullenness.
He delighted to witness Hindley degrading himself past redemption; and became daily more notable for savage sullenness and ferocity.
Whether the motive was pride, or sullenness, or distrust of herself, or despair of doing good, the result was not to be mistaken -- Norah had resolved on remaining passive for the future.
You have withdrawn yourself in your sullenness to your own room.
And poor Silas was vaguely conscious of something not unlike the feeling of primitive men, when they fled thus, in fear or in sullenness, from the face of an unpropitious deity.
I think you might have warned me," returned the other with a touch of sullenness.
Not a word more would he say, but sat in his implacable sullenness as indifferent to me as though I had not been in the room at all.
Montgomery followed with stumbling footsteps, his hands in his pockets, his face downcast; he was in a state of muddled sullenness with me on account of the brandy.
Sylvie looked calmly pleased, Eulalie swelled like an incensed turkey, but the mutiny was quelled: the conceited coquetry and futile flirtation of the first bench were exchanged for a taciturn sullenness, much more convenient to me, and the rest of my lesson passed without interruption.
Twas sunset: when the sun will part There comes a sullenness of heart To him who still would look upon The glory of the summer sun.