\ 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


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


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 gloom has lifted, just a little, as June (Elisabeth Moss) tries to make her decision to stay behind in Gilead count for something. Ellen Gray,, "Summer TV: 'Big Little Lies,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ a Kevin Bacon drama, and much more," 5 June 2019 Yet some investors, sensing Europe’s economic gloom lifting, are gingerly returning to the region. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "Investors Search for Opportunity in Unloved Corner of Stock Market," 28 Apr. 2019 Still, the three Seattle players — quarterback Russell Wilson, linebacker Bobby Wagner and punter Michael Dickson — each had a few moments in the sun through all the gloom. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Five things the Seahawks players did at the Pro Bowl," 27 Jan. 2019 The people thinking about the gloom and the doom and racing coming to an end is just nonsense. Randy Covitz, USA TODAY, "Drivers see opportunities, fresh ideas in the offing if NASCAR is sold," 11 May 2018 Amid the gloom, Inglewood parents and teachers said that Meléndez and Villa have made moves that give them hope. Anna M. Phillips,, "Six years after the state came in to save Inglewood Unified, the district faces a budget crisis, buildings in disrepair and lack of steady leadership," 10 Apr. 2018 At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul, which wrapped up last Friday, the majority of the city’s collections were streetwear based, injected with a sense of apocalyptic doom and gloom, or proposed in genderless, yet flamboyant variations. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Asli Filinta Is the Name to Know From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Istanbul," 26 Mar. 2019 Much like Madrid, Chelsea oscillates from glory to gloom under a conveyor belt of managers. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Maurizio Sarri isolated at Chelsea after fans turn on him," 19 Feb. 2019 The savvy, semicamp nostalgist Lana Del Rey spun her personal melancholy into communal gloom on her No. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Can Protest Art Get Its Mojo Back?," 7 May 2018

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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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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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