how to pronounce sullen


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sullen is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of sullen in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… was petulant moody and often sullen he …”

meanings of sullen


  1. Lonely; solitary; desolate.
  2. Having a brooding ill temper; sulky.
  3. Sluggish; slow.
  4. Obstinate; intractable.
  5. Gloomy; dismal; foreboding.
  6. Mischievous; malignant; unpropitious.


  1. One who is solitary, or lives alone; a hermit.
  2. Sullen feelings or manners; sulks; moroseness.

sullen frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word sullen occurs in english on average 1.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics sullen can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that sullen can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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