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adjective \ˈgləm\

: sad or depressed


Full Definition of GLUM

:  broodingly morose <became glum when they heard the news>
:  dreary, gloomy <a glum countenance>
glum·ly adverb
glum·ness noun

Examples of GLUM

  1. There's no need to look so glum—things will get better soon.
  2. There was a glum silence in the room.

Origin of GLUM

akin to Middle English gloumen to gloom
First Known Use: 1547

Synonym Discussion of GLUM

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>.
GLUMMER Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈgləm\

Definition of GLUM for Kids

:  gloomy and sad <a glum expression> <"You probably don't ever get in trouble anyway," said Bean, feeling glum. "I'm always in trouble." — Annie Barrows, Ivy & Bean>
glum·ly adverb


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