sullen

Sullen comes from the Middle English soleyn, meaning ‘apart’ or ‘singular’, from the Latin root solus, ‘alone’. In the late 1300s the word’s meaning shifted from alone to gloomy – so now we say sullen to mean glum.

In his poem In My Craft or Sullen Art Dylan Thomas uses sullen in both senses: solitary and morose.

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