\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Our imperviousness to gloom is our own peculiar virtue. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Mar. 2022 Their allusion to the night refers not to gloom but to evening intimacies, the pianist and scholar Kenneth Hamilton said in an interview. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 The more doom and gloom the policy makers incorporate into their scenarios before setting market prices and rules, the safer the grid can be. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Georgia data contradicts the prevailing gloom on Wall Street, where stocks have sunk beneath a wave of fears about high gas prices, rising interest rates and inflation. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 19 May 2022 May gray and June gloom are under threat by climate change. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 Even then, the darkness only dissipated gradually, as intense ultraviolet radiation from the universe’s first luminous objects reionized the surrounding neutral hydrogen, eventually burning away the gaseous gloom. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, 10 May 2022 Wilco’s predecessor, Uncle Tupelo, which dissolved in 1994, after Tweedy split with Jay Farrar, pioneered alt-country––banjo, harmonica, fiddle, Tweedy’s punk wit, Farrar’s gloom. Hannah Seidlitz, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 People often rein in spending as gloom sets in, giving recessions a psychological component that can be hard to shake. Allison Morrow, CNN, 6 May 2022 The gloom from Lyft’s results also spread to its larger and more diversified peer, Uber Technologies Inc., which was lower premarket despite reporting strong revenue for the first quarter and delivering an upbeat outlook on Wednesday morning. Fortune, 4 May 2022 The gloom that has gripped public opinion as inflation has accelerated is posing a growing political threat to President Joe Biden and Democrats running for Congress. CBS News, 29 Apr. 2022 The gloom that has gripped public opinion as inflation has accelerated is posing a growing political threat to President Joe Biden and Democrats running for Congress. Christopher Rugaber, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 and doom

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“Gloom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ ˈglüm How to pronounce gloom (audio) \

Kids Definition of gloom

1 : partial or complete darkness
2 : a sad mood

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