adjective mo·rose \mə-ˈrōs, m-\

of a person : very serious, unhappy, and quiet

: very sad or unhappy

Full Definition of MOROSE

:  having a sullen and gloomy disposition
:  marked by or expressive of gloom
mo·rose·ly adverb
mo·rose·ness noun
mo·ros·i·ty \-ˈrä-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of MOROSE

  1. He became morose and withdrawn and would not talk to anyone.
  2. <those morose job seekers who have grown accustomed to rejection>
  3. She thought of the bootlegger at home—a raddled, skinny old man, morose and suspicious. He sat on his front step with a shotgun on Halloween night. —Alice Munro, Runaway, 2004

Origin of MOROSE

Latin morosus, literally, capricious, from mor-, mos will
First Known Use: 1565


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