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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sul·len /ˈsʌlən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sul·len a.
 1. Lonely; solitary; desolate. [Obs.]
 2. Gloomy; dismal; foreboding.
    Solemn hymns so sullen dirges change.   --Shak.
 3. Mischievous; malignant; unpropitious.
    Such sullen planets at my birth did shine.   --Dryden.
 4. Gloomily angry and silent; cross; sour; affected with ill humor; morose.
    And sullen I forsook the imperfect feast.   --Prior.
 5. Obstinate; intractable.
    Things are as sullen as we are.   --Tillotson.
 6. Heavy; dull; sluggish. “The larger stream was placid, and even sullen, in its course.”
 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.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sul·len, n.
 1. One who is solitary, or lives alone; a hermit. [Obs.]
 2. pl. Sullen feelings or manners; sulks; moroseness; as, to have the sullens. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sul·len, v. t. To make sullen or sluggish. [Obs.]
    Sullens the whole body with . . . laziness.   --Feltham.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the
             proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum,
             hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose
             and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost
             misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour
             temper"; "a sullen crowd" [syn: dark, dour, glowering,
              glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour]
      2: darkened by clouds; "a heavy sky" [syn: heavy, lowering,