Definition of sullen:
- Heavy; dull; sluggish.
- 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"
hard, crusty, ill-tempered, Cimmerian, dour, with child, sorry, pertinacious, snappish, off, querulous, desolate, splenetic, dark, depressing, ill-natured, gravid, ominous, solemn, tenebrous, grueling, darkening, sourpussed, wakeless, dreich, weighty, false, comfortless, cold, unyielding, mopey, sound, lugubrious, moody, tenacious, toilsome, funereal, minatory, intemperate, sonorous, benighted, minacious, tenebrific, temperamental, grave, overweight, morbid, cheerless, somber, grievous, unseasonable, dense, profound, drab, fleshy, fiddle-faced, clayey, pouty, off-key, absent, arduous, great, forlorn, beatific, crabbed, gruff, menacing, leaden, acrimonious, persistent, muggy, fierce, inclement, bleak, cloggy, gray, forbidding, humid, harsh, glum, weighed down, dogged, cloudy, turned, depressive, peevish, laborious, lonely, lowering, enceinte, sunless, irritable, gruelling, large, dismal, darkly, black, saturnine, sepulchral, dark-skinned, big, pouting, ponderous, glowering, obscure, impenetrable, godforsaken, dire, elegiac, ill-humored, chill, plutonian, lumbering, expectant, operose, silent, raw, sultry, backbreaking, brooding, appealing, non-white, curious, punishing, wretched, sour, rancid, chumpish, laboured, threatening, bug-eyed, labored, lonesome, murky, heavy, drear, morose, coloured, severe, dingy.
dejected (part of speech: adjective)
sullen (part of speech: adjective)
- malevolent (part of speech: adjective)
When questioned, she answered promptly and intelligently, but in a sullen manner; stated that on her return to the penitentiary she was placed in a cell formerly occupied by the woman whom she had killed, and that this made her nervous, and frightened her.- "Studies in Forensic Psychiatry", Bernard Glueck.
And, when he had taken leave of Alex, because he did not wish him to know where his patients lived, the lad went back easier in his mind, with his fears pressing less heavily upon him, with the sullen sky growing gradually brighter ...- "Dr. Adriaan", Louis Couperus.
- "The Deluge", David Graham Phillips.