sulky

Someone who's sulky is gloomy, or quietly unhappy. A sulky teenager is generally not a lot of fun at a family party.

Some people tend to be sulky when they're unhappy or disappointed — when you're sulky, you're not just sad, but you mope and frown and sigh. You might be sulky if your brother gets to travel to England and you don't, or if your coworker gets a promotion instead of you. Sulky probably comes from an Old English word, asolcen, "idle, lazy, or slow," which has a Proto-Germanic root.

Primary Meanings of sulky

1.
adj
sullen or moody
2.
n
a light two-wheeled vehicle for one person; drawn by one horse
Full Definitions of sulky
1

adj sullen or moody

Synonyms:
huffish
ill-natured
having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

adj depressingly dark

Synonyms:
gloomful, glooming, gloomy
dark
devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black

adj moving slowly

Synonyms:
sluggish
slow
not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time
2

n a light two-wheeled vehicle for one person; drawn by one horse

Type of:
horse-drawn vehicle
a wheeled vehicle drawn by one or more horses

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.