Definition of 'sullen'
Video: pronunciation of 'sullen'
Example sentences containing 'sullen'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
She returned to her flat to find him looking sullen. The Sun (2012)Obviously the players are in a very sullen mood. The Sun (2015)She threw him a sullen look and he shrugged and laughed and under her watchful eye began to dress. THE WOLF AND THE DOVEToo many can just look sullen. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Taxpayers resent them, and those on welfare become sullen and defensive. Times, Sunday Times (2008)She worried about her son, who had become sullen. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Their applause turned to murmuring; their smiles turned into sullen looks. Christianity Today (2000)Streets that look sullen and desultory in winter suddenly sparkle like Trinidad at carnival time. Times, Sunday Times (2007)When we got to the terminal there were sullen holiday crowds waiting for their delayed luggage; ours took a week to arrive. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Yes, for all his sullen looks, there was something saintly about him. Somewhere East of Life (1994)They all look so sullen now, don't you think? Times, Sunday Times (2015)You certainly couldn't sell him as a smiley pop star, not least because he looks sullen when he sings and prefers to pout in photos. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Trends of 'sullen'
Used Occasionally. sullen is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'sullen'
British English: sullen ADJECTIVE
Someone who is sullen is bad-tempered and does not speak much.
The offenders lapsed into a sullen silence.
Definition of sullen from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Rainbow Tree, Asymmetric Wreath, and Period Poverty: November’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this November with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.