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Topic: NATURE

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Anglo-French solein 'single, solitary, sullen', from Latin solus 'alone'

sullen

adjective
     
sul‧len
1 angry and silent, especially because you feel life has been unfair to you:
Bill sat in sullen silence and refused to eat his lunch.
a look of sullen resentment
2 literaryDN a sullen sky or sea is dark and looks as if bad weather is coming
sullenly adverb
sullenness noun [uncountable]
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