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sulky (adj.)

"quietly sullen," 1744, of uncertain origin. Connection has been suggested to obsolete, rare sulke "hard to sell" (1630s) and to Old English asolcen "idle, lazy, slow," past-participle adjective from aseolcan "become sluggish, be weak or idle" (related to besylcan "be languid"), from Proto-Germanic *seklan (source also of Middle High German selken "to drop, fall"). But words of similar meaning often are held to be imitative (compare miff, mope, boudoir). Related: Sulkily; sulkiness.

sulky (n.)

"light carriage with two wheels," 1756, apparently a noun use of sulky (adj.), on notion of "standoffishness," because the carriage has room for only one person and obliges the rider to be alone.

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Definitions of sulky from WordNet
1
sulky (adj.)
moving slowly;
Synonyms: sluggish
sulky (adj.)
depressingly dark;
Synonyms: glooming / gloomy / gloomful
2
sulky (n.)
a light two-wheeled vehicle for one person; drawn by one horse;
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