Simple Definition of gloomy
: somewhat dark : not bright or sunny
: causing feelings of sadness : not hopeful or promising
: sad or depressed
Full Definition of gloomy
1 a : partially or totally dark; especially : dismally and depressingly dark <gloomy weather> b : having a frowning or scowling appearance : forbidding <a gloomy countenance> c : low in spirits : melancholy
Examples of gloomy in a sentence
We've had a week of gloomy weather.
The news continues to be gloomy.
She doesn't agree with their gloomy economic forecasts.
His book paints a gloomy picture of the prospects for peace.
I've never seen you looking so gloomy.
First Known Use of gloomy
Synonym Discussion of gloomy
sullen, glum, morose, surly, sulky, crabbed, saturnine, gloomy mean showing a forbidding or disagreeable mood. sullen implies a silent ill humor and a refusal to be sociable <remained sullen amid the festivities>. glum suggests a silent dispiritedness <a glum candidate left to ponder a stunning defeat>. morose adds to glum an element of bitterness or misanthropy <morose job seekers who are inured to rejection>. surly implies gruffness and sullenness of speech or manner <a typical surly teenager>. sulky suggests childish resentment expressed in peevish sullenness <grew sulky after every spat>. crabbed applies to a forbidding morose harshness of manner <the school's notoriously crabbed headmaster>. saturnine describes a heavy forbidding aspect or suggests a bitter disposition <a saturnine cynic always finding fault>. gloomy implies a depression in mood making for seeming sullenness or glumness <a gloomy mood ushered in by bad news>.
GLOOMY Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up gloomy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).