\ 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 Nor of a sunny outlook amid the gloom, which was Gloria’s gift. David M. Shribman,, "‘Those were (still are) the days’," 9 Jan. 2021 Amid the gloom, one area of tension has been resolved. Fox News, "UK, EU head for supper showdown over Brexit trade deal," 10 Dec. 2020 Yet there’s a glimmer amid the gloom: the designation of Greece’s first underwater museum. Travel, "Diving into Greece’s first underwater museum," 2 Dec. 2020 The question investors face is whether Monday’s extraordinary move marks the end of a grim decade-and-a-half for value, or is just another false dawn amid the gloom. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Pfizer’s Vaccine Is a Pick-Me-Up for Value Stocks," 12 Nov. 2020 Shell’s third-quarter earnings did provide a bright spot amid the gloom for the oil industry. Laura Hurst,, "Shell Raises Dividend as Profit Beats Expectations," 29 Oct. 2020 Activewear has been one bright spot in the fashion gloom as interest in health and wellness continues to rise and homebound workers trade their business casual for plain casual. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The shelter-at-home era poses a fundamental challenge to fashion," 29 Dec. 2020 In the antiseptic gloom, the patients appeared identical. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 As the team swarmed over the X-1, with cords from trouble lights dangling in the early morning gloom, and tools, racks, ladders and other gear surrounding the little ship, Ridley began the preflight coaching. Chuck Yeager, Popular Mechanics, "How the Late Flying Legend Chuck Yeager Broke the Sound Barrier," 8 Dec. 2020

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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