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NOUN (2)

1. a gloomy ill-tempered feeling;
[syn: moroseness, glumness, sullenness]

2. a sullen moody resentful disposition;
[syn: sulkiness, sullenness, moroseness, sourness]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sullen \Sul"len\, a. [OE. solein, solain, lonely, sullen; through Old French fr. (assumed) LL. solanus solitary, fr. L. solus alone. See Sole, a.] 1. Lonely; solitary; desolate. [Obs.] --Wyclif (Job iii. 14). [1913 Webster] 2. Gloomy; dismal; foreboding. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Solemn hymns so sullen dirges change. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Mischievous; malignant; unpropitious. [1913 Webster] Such sullen planets at my birth did shine. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. Gloomily angry and silent; cross; sour; affected with ill humor; morose. [1913 Webster] And sullen I forsook the imperfect feast. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 5. Obstinate; intractable. [1913 Webster] Things are as sullen as we are. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 6. Heavy; dull; sluggish. "The larger stream was placid, and even sullen, in its course." --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Syn: Sulky; sour; cross; ill-natured; morose; peevish; fretful; ill-humored; petulant; gloomy; malign; intractable. Usage: 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. [1913 Webster] No cheerful breeze this sullen region knows; The dreaded east is all the wind that blows. --Pope. [1913 Webster] -- Sul"len*ly, adv. -- Sul"len*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sullenness n 1: a gloomy ill-tempered feeling [syn: moroseness, glumness, sullenness] 2: a sullen moody resentful disposition [syn: sulkiness, sullenness, moroseness, sourness]