What is another word for sullen?

Pronunciation: [sˈʌlən] (IPA)

Sullen is an adjective that describes someone who is bad-tempered, sulky, and gloomy. There are various words that can be used instead of sullen, each with slightly different nuances and meanings. For example, a person who is brooding may be lost in thought or preoccupied with worries, whereas someone who is moody may experience sudden shifts in emotion. Another synonym for sullen is morose, describing someone who is constantly sad or depressed. Additionally, glum, surly, and dour are all good synonyms for sullen, offering different levels of severity to indicate a range of negative emotions and feelings. Choosing the right synonym can help to add nuance and depth to your writing or conversation, allowing you to more accurately describe someone's attitude or demeanor.

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What are the hypernyms for Sullen?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for sullen?

Sullen is a term used to describe someone who is gloomy, unhappy or morose. Although it is an important word for expressing dark moods, there are also many antonyms or opposite words that can be used to describe a person who is the exact opposite. Some of the most common antonyms for sullen include cheerful, optimistic, lively, happy, exuberant, and jolly. All these words can be used to describe people who are in good spirits and are likely to brighten up any room. Using these opposite words can also help shift perspectives towards a positive outlook on life.

What are the antonyms for Sullen?

Usage examples for Sullen

The cows eyed him with sullen concern.
"My Lady of the Chimney Corner"
Alexander Irvine
The Swede began a sullen protest, but the proprietor shouted back to him, "You'll do this or leave," and walked in.
"The Eye of Dread"
Payne Erskine
But he seemed quite sullen, and would not say a word all the way back.
"Lonesome Land"
B. M. Bower

Famous quotes with Sullen

  • Everybody sees me as this sullen and insecure little thing. Those are just the sides of me that I feel it's necessary to show because no one else seems to be showing them.
    Fiona Apple
  • We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
    Saint Augustine
  • Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance - the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.
    Thomas Carlyle
  • Tell me not of joy: there's none Now my little sparrow's gone; He, just as you, Would toy and woo, He would chirp and flatter me, He would hang the wing awhile, Till at length he saw me smile, Lord! how sullen he would be!
    William Cartwright
  • Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.
    Willa Cather

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