gloom

verb
\ 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

gloom

noun

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

Democrats feared early on that a handful of Senate races foretold a night of gloom. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "4 winners and 2 losers from the 2018 midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 After a decade or so of post-war gloom, in 1963 London was ready to party, and the party was at 44 Berkeley Street. Anne Hardy., Town & Country, "Annabel's, London's Most Famous Club, Is Auctioning Off Its Iconic Decor," 20 Nov. 2018 When the lights come on, hundreds of thousands of shrink-wrapped boxes of medicines emerge from the gloom, stacked on shelves nearly five stories high. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Mick Mulvaney’s confession highlights the corrosive influence of money in politics," 25 Apr. 2018 Buy Photo During six weeks of sanctuary inside the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia, Carmela Apolonio Hernandez weighed the options, reached a decision, and in Monday morning’s grayish gloom, carried it out. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "Defying ICE: Undocumented mother in Philly sanctuary church sends her children to school," 29 Jan. 2018 Adding to the gloom, an outbreak of bubonic plague spread throughout the Eastern Roman Empire in 542 A.D., killing droves and giving way to an economic downturn that lasted 30 years. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Identify 536 A.D. as The Absolute Worst Year Ever," 20 Nov. 2018 As a performer, the Weeknd was far removed from gloom and doom. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: The Weeknd lives up to superstar status at Summerfest in Milwaukee," 7 July 2018 Another day, another gloom-and-doom idea about the Dolphins. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Here's why a fast start looks scheduled for Dolphins," 5 July 2018 Now Democrats seem to have wholly and enthusiastically assumed the Obamacare gloom-and-doom mantle, jumping on any chances to spread negative marketplace news far and wide. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Democrats are no longer touting the benefits of Obamacare," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of gloom

Verb

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

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gloom

: partial or total darkness
: a feeling of sadness

gloom

noun
\ ˈglüm How to pronounce gloom (audio) \

Kids Definition of gloom

1 : partial or complete darkness
2 : a sad mood

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