- adj. 愠怒的，不高兴的；（天气）阴沉的；沉闷的
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来自拉丁语 solus,单独的，词源同 sole.-en,形容词后缀。引申词义孤独的，寂寞的，闷闷不 乐的。
- sullen:  The etymological notion underlying sullen is of being miserable because one is ‘on one’s own’. The word comes from Anglo- Norman *solein ‘alone’, hence ‘miserable’, a derivative of Old French soul ‘alone’ (source of English sole).
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- sullen (adj.)
- 1570s, alteration of Middle English soleyn "unique, singular," from Anglo-French *solein, formed on the pattern of Old French solain "lonely," from soul "single," from Latin solus "by oneself, alone" (see sole (adj.)). The sense shift in Middle English from "solitary" to "morose" (i.e. "remaining alone through ill-humor") occurred late 14c. Related: Sullenly; sullenness.
- 1. He turned away in sullen, resentful silence.
- 2. The offenders lapsed into a sullen silence.
- 3. Bob looked pale and sullen.
- 4. The sullen girl refused to answer her mother's questions.
- 5. He looked up at the sullen sky.
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