\ 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

That's not to say all the news was doom and gloom for travelers. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Dorian: Cruiser calls customer service 'disappointing,' others happy for extensions," 4 Sep. 2019 Walsh’s book isn’t all gloom, taking us to the front lines where researchers and scientists are seeking new ways to protect humanity. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The many ways our world could end," 29 Aug. 2019 That building was a concrete hulk, grim inside and out, with thick ramps on either side that kept the sidewalks below them in perpetual gloom. John King,, "Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside," 26 Aug. 2019 After a few gloomy days that remind Oregonians fall is just around the corner, the National Weather Service predicts Sunday will be the bridge between the gloom and a few days of sun., "Portland metro Sunday weather: Partly sunny with a chance of rain in the morning," 11 Aug. 2019 The whole thing is dusted with a hopeful glimmer, where as soloists, there would normally be gloom. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 3 June 2019 In fact, this contrast between private boom, reflected in supersized startup funding announcements, and public gloom, manifesting in dropping auto and consumer goods sales, is particular striking. Sajith Pai, Quartz India, "A newly-minted Indian VC takes an honest, hard-nosed look at his industry," 6 Sep. 2019 However, the study isn't all doom and gloom, as the authors also note that America has made tremendous progress over 150 years in land conservation and passing the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act to safeguard air and water for its citizens. Fox News, "America loses a football field's worth of natural space every 30 seconds: report," 8 Aug. 2019 The roses glow in heavy gloom like vast, blazing flowers. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 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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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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