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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

Meaning of "sullen" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SULLEN

Perhaps from Anglo-French solain (unattested), ultimately related to Latin sōlus alone.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SULLEN

sullen  [ˈsʌlən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SULLEN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Sullen can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES SULLEN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Sullen

Sullen may refer to: ▪ Sullens, Swiss municipality ▪ Sullen River, Russian novel (see Угрюм-река (книга)) named after the Nizhnyaya Tunguska River in Siberia, Russia ▪ Squire Sullen and Kate Sullen, fictional characters in the 1707 comedy play The Beaux' Stratagem...

Definition of sullen in the English dictionary

The first definition of sullen in the dictionary is unwilling to talk or be sociable; sulky; morose. Other definition of sullen is sombre; gloomy. Sullen is also sluggish; slow.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SULLEN


Alan
ˈælən
Allen
ˈælən
Babylon
ˈbæbɪlən
Catullan
kəˈtʌlən
chalan
ˈtʃʌlən
colon
ˈkəʊlən
Cullen
ˈkʌlən
Dylan
ˈdɪlən
fallen
ˈfɔːlən
gallon
ˈɡælən
Lucullan
luːˈkʌlən
melon
ˈmɛlən
Nolan
ˈnəʊlən
stolen
ˈstəʊlən
swollen
ˈswəʊlən
talon
ˈtælən
Venezuelan
ˌvɛnɪˈzweɪlən
villain
ˈvɪlən
watermelon
ˈwɔːtəˌmɛlən
Westfalen
vɛstˈfaːlən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SULLEN

sulfuryl
sulk
sulker
sulkier
sulkies
sulkiest
sulkily
sulkiness
sulky
Sulla
sullage
sullenly
sullenness
sullens
sulliable
sullied
sullies
Sullivan
Sullom Voe
sully

WORDS THAT END LIKE SULLEN

befallen
Bog of Allen
chapfallen
chopfallen
crestfallen
downfallen
Enniskillen
fluellen
Hellen
Llangollen
Lough Allen
McKellen
mullen
pollen
Sankt Gallen
stollen
unfallen
unswollen
Van Allen
woollen

Synonyms and antonyms of sullen in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SULLEN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «sullen» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of sullen

Translation of «sullen» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SULLEN

Find out the translation of sullen to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of sullen from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «sullen» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

愤懑的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

hosco
570 millions of speakers

English

sullen
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

उदास
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

متجهم
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

угрюмый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pesado
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অন্ধকারাচ্ছন্ন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

renfrogné
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Cemberut
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

mürrisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

不機嫌に黙り込んだ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

뚱한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sullen
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

buồn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பாவப்பட்ட
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

खिन्नतेने
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

suratsız
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

imbronciato
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ponury
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

похмурий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ursuz
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σκυθρωπός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

nors
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

butter
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

mutt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of sullen

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SULLEN»

The term «sullen» is quite widely used and occupies the 46.597 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SULLEN» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about sullen

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8 QUOTES WITH «SULLEN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word sullen.
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Fiona Apple
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.
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Ezra Taft Benson
What does it mean to love someone with all your heart? It means to love with all your emotional feelings and with all your devotion. Surely when you love your wife with all your heart, you cannot demean her, criticize her, find fault with her, or abuse her by words, sullen behavior, or actions.
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Thomas Carlyle
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.
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William Cartwright
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!
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Willa Cather
Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.
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Tom Chatfield
In classrooms full of students who range from brilliant to sullen disaffection, it's games - and often games alone - that I've seen engage every single person in the room. For some, the right kind of play can spell the difference between becoming part of something, and the lifelong feeling that they're not meant to take part.
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Amy Chua
There's a lot of rudeness and sullen behavior and kids that are very entitled and spoiled, just buy me more stuff. I didn't want to raise kids like that.
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George A. Smith
The heart which finds life in material wealth is usually certain to go farther and seek for more in the satisfaction of base and sullen appetites.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SULLEN»

Discover the use of sullen in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to sullen and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Nightgown of the Sullen Moon
On the billionth birthnight of the full moon, the moon finally gets what she's really wanted--a nightgown such as people on Earth wear.
Nancy Willard, 1983
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Growing Up a Sullen Baptist and Other Lies
Robert Flynn has gathered an eclectic array of seventeen essays, all of which will evoke a direct and immediate response.
Robert Flynn, 2001
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A Sharecropper's Son: The Life of Ted Sullen
This is the story of Ted (Roosevelt) Sullen, a Sharecroppers Son. In the story of his life and upbringing, you learn that real American spirit comes in all packages.
Shirleen Von Hoffmann, 2011
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The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early ...
Aye garzoon, de man no understand common justice. MRS. SULLEN. Hold gentlemen, all things here must move by consent. Compulsion would spoil us. Let my dear and I talk the matter over, and you shall judge it between us. 210 SULLEN.
J. Douglas Canfield, Maja-Lisa von Sneidern, 2001
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Our Great (english) Writers ... Lectures ... with ...
Upon my shoul, de man dosh not understand common shivility. M" Sullm. — Hold , gentlemen, all things here must move by consent: compulsion would spoil us. Let my dear and I talk the matter over, and you shall judge it between us. , ' Sullen  ...
Chs. Edw Turner, 1865
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Entertaining the Nation: American Drama in the Eighteenth ...
Mrs. Sullen: Pray, Spouse, what did you marry for? Sullen: To get an Heir to my Estate. Sir Charles: And have you succeeded? Sullen: No. Archer: The Condition fails of his side — Pray, Madam, what did you marry for? Mrs. Sullen: To support ...
Tice L. Miller, 2007
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A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are ...
Wilmot continued still sullen and perverse, and every day grew more insolent. Clarendon. A man in a jail is sullen and out of humour at his first coming in. A' Estrange. Forc'd by my pride, I my tencern suppress'd; Pretended drowsiness, and ...
Samuel Johnson, Henry John Todd, 1805
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Placcaeten, Ordonnantien, Land-Chartres, Blyde-Inkomsten, ...
d'enquestc voldaen sullen hebben , sullen ghehouden sijn van ftonden aen , endc al ccr fy van elck andere sullen moghen scheyden, die minute der voorsz. enqueste te teeckenen, ende insghelijckxoock nae- maelsdic grosse, welcke sal  ...
Antonio Anselmo, 1648
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Graves and the Goddess: Essays on Robert Graves's The White ...
Graves wrote "Sullen Moods" in the spring of 1921. The cottage in which they and their first two children lived was owned by John Mase- field and his wife, who were upset when Nancy decided to open a shop. The undertaking was a financial ...
Ian Firla, Grevel Lindop, 2003
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Urkundenbuch Des Landes Ob Der Enns
Nem ouch der vorgeschriben vnser Ohez'm der Pysehof von Pazsowe oder sein Gotzhaus schaden an gut, mit vanggnuzz seiner Levte, an vesten oder an were daz wer, den sullen wir im vnd seinem Gotzhaus richten, auch nach vier mAnn rat  ...
Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, 1867

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SULLEN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term sullen is used in the context of the following news items.
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Pittsburgh Steelers waive LB Shawn Lemon, sign DB Jordan Sullen
In his place, the Steelers picked up DB Jordan Sullen whose history in the NFL includes a short stint on the Steelers practice squad in 2014, as well as time with ... «Behind the Steel Curtain, Jul 15»
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Colorado theater shooter's attorneys say his dazed and sullen look …
Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes are showing video footage of him looking sullen and dazed after the attack in their effort to show he was ... «Fox News, Jun 15»
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A Winged Victory For the Sullen on the Power of Classical Music
One of the finest and most well-respected ambient music projects going, A Winged Victory For the Sullen is performing tonight for the first time in Colorado at the ... «Westword, Apr 15»
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Ether in C Minor: Exploring the Cosmos With A Winged Victory for …
A Winged Victory for the Sullen's Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie were already in their mid-30s when the producer Francesco Donatello introduced them at ... «New York Observer, Mar 15»
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A Winged Victory for the Sullen celebrates serendipity
In 2011, the pair released the self-titled debut of a collaborative project, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, a mix of ambient music's weightless drift and drone, ... «Boston Globe, Mar 15»
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A Winged Victory for the Sullen: the dance album
A creative spark was lit, and A Winged Victory for the Sullen emerged, harnessing drone and ambient, to create their own version of modern classical music. «Irish Times, Feb 15»
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Obama girls put on smiles at Christmas tree ceremony after 'sullen
Barack Obama's daughters were all smiles at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Thursday night, as if they had been given a talking to after their last ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Dec 14»
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A Guide To Ambient Music With A Winged Victory For The Sullen
As part of Melbourne Music Week 2014 ambient music duo A Winged Victory For The Sullen will be making their Australia debut performances. AWVFTS is ... «Tone Deaf, Nov 14»
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A Winged Victory For the Sullen explore quasi-religious territory in …
Though not religious, A Winged Victory For the Sullen often find themselves playing in churches, the combination of reverb, reverence, and pews suiting their ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Nov 14»
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Report: Steelers Sign G Adam Gettis, DB Jordan Sullen To Practice …
Sullen, who was originally signed back in May by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Tulane, was most recently a member of the Chicago ... «Steelers Depot, Oct 14»

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