\ ˈglüm How to pronounce gloom (audio) \
gloomed; glooming; glooms

Definition of gloom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of gloom (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of gloom in a Sentence

Verb we just sat there, glooming, as we waited and waited for our dinners to arrive he continued to gloom over the fact that he had been passed over for promotion to district manager Noun The painting captures the gloom of a foggy night. He walked away, disappearing into the gloom. the gloom of the forest He was often subject to periods of gloom. A cloud of gloom has descended over the city.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The future for democracy is not all doom and gloom. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Democracy has taken a detour this century. Can it get back on track?," 28 Dec. 2019 But despite the doom and gloom, the ocean still manages to delight with the unexpected, and ocean conservation efforts have progressed, too. Danielle Hall, Smithsonian, "Eighteen Things We’ve Learned About the Oceans in the Last Decade," 20 Apr. 2010 The pair’s victory resulted from a deep mood of gloom that has settled on the SPD base. The Economist, "Under new management Germany’s Social Democrats pick new leaders," 5 Dec. 2019 New Delhi’s financing constraints would ease, allowing for a round of fiscal pump-priming that hopefully would create new machinery and project orders for the private sector, ending years of gloom around investment. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "The Case for QE in India Is Getting Stronger," 3 Dec. 2019 More than anyone else on his current team, Gay is a connoisseur of chaos, a master of misery, a gourmet of gloom. Mike Finger,, "For now, Spurs keeping dysfunction at bay," 23 Nov. 2019 But that hasn't been enough for markets to entirely shake a sense of gloom. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Will the US and China ever get a trade deal? Investors turn skeptical," 21 Nov. 2019 Early in the day, the mood seemed quietly celebratory as, one by one, Cummings’ supporters, friends, constituents and distant admirers came together out of the gloom. Jeff Barker,, "Obama, Clintons, widow honor Baltimore’s Elijah Cummings for fighting through pain to bring justice to others," 25 Oct. 2019 Still, amid the doom and gloom, there may be some hope that bike sharing is not totally dead. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "China’s ‘Big Gamble’: Lessons From the Bike Sharing Bust May Hang Over Its A.I. Boom," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of gloom


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gloom

Verb and Noun

Middle English gloumen

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The first known use of gloom was in the 14th century

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“Gloom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gloom

: partial or total darkness
: a feeling of sadness


\ ˈglüm How to pronounce gloom (audio) \

Kids Definition of gloom

1 : partial or complete darkness
2 : a sad mood

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