glooming vs sulky what difference

what is difference between glooming and sulky


Etymology 1



  1. present participle of gloom
    • 1932, D. H. Lawrence, The Lovely Lady
      Ciss was a big, dark-complexioned, pug-faced young woman who seemed to be glooming about something.

Etymology 2

Compare gloaming.


glooming (plural gloomings)

  1. Twilight of morning or evening; the gloaming.
    • 1835, Richard Chenevix Trench, To my God-Child, on the Day of his Baptism
      When the faint glooming in the sky / First lightened into day
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, The Gardener’s Daughter; or, The Pictures
      the balmy glooming, crescent-lit
  2. Gloomy behaviour; melancholy.


  • (twilight): crepuscule, twilight, vespers; see also Thesaurus:twilight
  • (gloomy behaviour): misery, sadness, sorrow, woe



From sulk +ā€Ž -y. The horse-drawn vehicle is so called as it obliges the rider to be alone.


sulky (comparative sulkier, superlative sulkiest)

  1. (often derogatory) silent and withdrawn after being upset
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
      The first question of course was, how to get dry again: they had a consultation about this, and after a few minutes it seemed quite natural to Alice to find herself talking familiarly with them, as if she had known them all her life. Indeed, she had quite a long argument with the Lory, who at last turned sulky, and would only say, ā€œIā€™m older than you, and must know better.ā€ And this Alice would not allow, without knowing how old it was, and, as the Lory positively refused to tell its age, there was no more to be said.
    Synonyms: sullen, morose



sulky (plural sulkies)

  1. A low two-wheeled cart, used in harness racing.
  2. Any carriage seating only the driver.


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