sulk Definition

to be silent and bad-tempered for a period of time because you are annoyed or unhappy about something.

Using sulk: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sulk" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He's sulking in his room because he didn't get what he wanted.

  • Example

    She always sulks when she loses a game.

  • Example

    I don't want to talk to him when he's sulking like that.

  • Example

    Stop sulking and tell me what's wrong.

sulk Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for sulk

Antonyms for sulk

  • cheer up
  • be happy

Phrases with sulk

  • to behave in a way that is immature and petulant, often by being silent and refusing to communicate


    He sulked like a child when he didn't get his way.

  • to leave a place or situation in a bad mood, often without saying goodbye or explaining why


    After the argument, he just sulked off without saying anything.

  • to move around in a bad mood, often with a slouching posture and a frown


    She's been sulking around the house all day since she got the bad news.


Summary: sulk in Brief

'Sulk' [sʌlk] is a verb that describes being silent and bad-tempered due to unhappiness or annoyance. It can be used in phrases such as 'sulk like a child,' 'sulk off,' and 'sulk around.' Synonyms include 'pout,' 'mope,' and 'brood.' Antonyms include 'cheer up' and 'be happy.'