Sul"len (?), a. [OE. solein, solain, lonely, sullen; through Old French fr. (assumed) LL. solanus solitary, fr. L. solus alone. See Sole, a.]


Lonely; solitary; desolate.


Wyclif (Job iii. 14).


Gloomy; dismal; foreboding.


Solemn hymns so sullen dirges change. Shak.


Mischievous; malignant; unpropitious.

Such sullen planets at my birth did shine. Dryden.


Gloomily angry and silent; cross; sour; affected with ill humor; morose.

And sullen I forsook the imperfect feast. Prior.


Obstinate; intractable.

Things are as sullen as we are. Tillotson.


Heavy; dull; sluggish.

"The larger stream was placid, and even sullen, in its course."

Sir W. Scott.

Syn. -- Sulky; sour; cross; ill-natured; morose; peevish; fretful; ill-humored; petulant; gloomy; malign; intractable. -- Sullen, Sulky. Both sullen and sulky show themselves in the demeanor. Sullenness seems to be an habitual sulkiness, and sulkiness a temporary sullenness. The former may be an innate disposition; the latter, a disposition occasioned by recent injury. Thus we are in a sullen mood, and in a sulky fit.

No cheerful breeze this sullen region knows; The dreaded east is all the wind that blows. Pope.

-- Sul"len*ly, adv. -- Sul"len*ness, n.


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Sul"len, n.


One who is solitary, or lives alone; a hermit.


Piers Plowman.

2. pl.

Sullen feelings or manners; sulks; moroseness; as, to have the sullens.




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Sul"len, v. t.

To make sullen or sluggish.


Sullens the whole body with . . . laziness. Feltham.


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