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sullen adj
1 showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd" [syn: dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour]
2 darkened by clouds; "a heavy sky" [syn: heavy, lowering, threatening]

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Middle English solein, from Anglo-Norman solein ("alone"), from sol ("single"), from Latin sōlus ("by oneself alone"). The change in meaning from "single" to morose occurred in Middle English.



en-adj er
  1. having a brooding ill temper; sulky.
  2. dismal; somber.
  3. sluggish; slow.


having a brooding ill temper

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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