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gloom

verb \ ˈglüm \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of gloom

intransitive verb
1 : to look, feel, or act sullen or despondent
2 : to be or become overcast
3 : to loom up dimly
transitive verb
: to make dark, murky, or somber : make gloomy

Examples of gloom in a Sentence

  1. we just sat there, glooming, as we waited and waited for our dinners to arrive

  2. he continued to gloom over the fact that he had been passed over for promotion to district manager

Origin and Etymology of gloom

Middle English gloumen

gloom Synonyms

Synonyms
glare, frown, glower, lower (also lour), scowl
Antonyms
beam, grin, smile
Related Words
gape, gaze, ogle, stare; grimace, pout, sulk; growl, snarl, sneer, snigger

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gloom

noun

Definition of gloom

1 a : partial or total darkness
b : a dark or shadowy place
2 a : lowness of spirits : dejection
b : an atmosphere of despondency
  • a gloom fell over the household

Examples of gloom in a Sentence

  1. The painting captures the gloom of a foggy night.

  2. He walked away, disappearing into the gloom.

  3. the gloom of the forest

  4. He was often subject to periods of gloom.

  5. A cloud of gloom has descended over the city.

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Origin and Etymology of gloom

see 1gloom



GLOOM Defined for English Language Learners

gloom

noun

Definition of gloom for English Language Learners

  • : partial or total darkness

  • : a feeling of sadness


GLOOM Defined for Kids

gloom

noun \ ˈglüm \

Definition of gloom for Students

1 : partial or complete darkness
2 : a sad mood


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