Definition of gloomy
gloomilyplay \ˈglü-mə-lē\ adverb
gloominessplay \ˈglü-mē-nəs\ noun
Examples of gloomy in a Sentence
We've had a week of gloomy weather.
The news continues to be gloomy.
She doesn't agree with their gloomy economic forecasts.
His book paints a gloomy picture of the prospects for peace.
I've never seen you looking so gloomy.
Recent Examples of gloomy from the Web
There is a quietly melancholy cast to the giants (the gloomy Morris Robinson and the sinister Stephen Milling) who build the gods’ new castle and then demand the grim payment they were promised.
For those of us who are socked in by gloomy Northeast weather—or already missing the lazier days of Memorial Day weekend—
That’s less gloomy than last year’s 61 percent, but still way above the long-term average of 32 percent.
South Coast Plaza is a bright spot in a gloomy retail market littered with bankruptcies and empty malls.
Worse, the electronics and entertainment giant expects the current year to be even gloomier, and is forecasting a further 39 percent drop in income.
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Origin and Etymology of gloomy
First Known Use: 1588
Synonym Discussion of gloomy
sullen, glum, morose, surly, sulky, crabbed, saturnine, gloomy mean showing a forbidding or disagreeable mood. sullen implies a silent ill humor and a refusal to be sociable. remained sullen amid the festivities glum suggests a silent dispiritedness. a glum candidate left to ponder a stunning defeat morose adds to glum an element of bitterness or misanthropy. morose job seekers who are inured to rejection surly implies gruffness and sullenness of speech or manner. a typical surly teenager sulky suggests childish resentment expressed in peevish sullenness. grew sulky after every spat crabbed applies to a forbidding morose harshness of manner. the school's notoriously crabbed headmaster saturnine describes a heavy forbidding aspect or suggests a bitter disposition. a saturnine cynic always finding fault gloomy implies a depression in mood making for seeming sullenness or glumness. a gloomy mood ushered in by bad news
GLOOMY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gloomy for English Language Learners
: somewhat dark : not bright or sunny
: causing feelings of sadness : not hopeful or promising
: sad or depressed
GLOOMY Defined for Kids
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