gloomy

adjective
\ ˈglü-mē How to pronounce gloomy (audio) \
gloomier; gloomiest

Definition of gloomy

1a : partially or totally dark especially : dismally and depressingly dark gloomy weather
b : having a frowning or scowling appearance : forbidding a gloomy countenance
c : low in spirits : melancholy
2a : causing gloom : depressing a gloomy story a gloomy landscape
b : lacking in promise or hopefulness : pessimistic gloomy prophecies a gloomy future

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Other Words from gloomy

gloomily \ ˈglü-​mə-​lē How to pronounce gloomy (audio) \ adverb
gloominess \ ˈglü-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce gloomy (audio) \ noun

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dismal, dreary, bleak, gloomy, cheerless, desolate mean devoid of cheer or comfort. dismal indicates extreme and utterly depressing gloominess. dismal weather dreary, often interchangeable with dismal, emphasizes discouragement resulting from sustained dullness or futility. a dreary job bleak suggests chill, dull, and barren characteristics that utterly dishearten. the bleak years of the depression gloomy often suggests lack of hope or promise. gloomy war news cheerless stresses absence of anything cheering. a drab and cheerless office desolate adds an element of utter remoteness or lack of human contact to any already disheartening aspect. a desolate outpost

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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Reeves' online success is a bright spot in what has been a generally gloomy year for many businesses, especially small and minority-owned businesses. Jasmin Barmore, Detroit Free Press, "Woman founds handbag company out of her closet during COVID-19 pandemic," 23 Apr. 2021 Accessorize with small doses of white to avoid an overly gloomy look. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Fresh Ways to Decorate with Wood Furniture for a Modern Look," 15 Dec. 2020 Paris was gloomy during his three-week stay that fall. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, "Author put Piggott over Paris in 1933," 4 Apr. 2021 The prospects for life in the distant future are gloomy. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, "When Did Life First Emerge in the Universe?," 4 Apr. 2021 Sorry Greater Cincinnati, the rest of the workweek is forecasted to be gloomy. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati weather: Rain starts Tuesday, possible severe weather coming this week," 23 Mar. 2021 The story didn’t come as a surprise to admirers of Roth, who was long known for his gloomy outlook and dry wit. BostonGlobe.com, "A new biography presents the unvarnished Philip Roth, revealing a complex man," 1 Apr. 2021 Books bring us comfort when the gloomy weather of winter is upon us. oregonlive, "When you miss gardening, turn to these books for comfort and inspiration," 22 Dec. 2020 Despite the gloomy weather, the state does not expect that to hinder upcoming shipments of COVID-19 vaccines. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo bashes Washington for reports that states won't get aid, predicts need for tax hikes," 17 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gloomy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of gloomy

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gloomy

see gloom entry 1

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11 May 2021

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“Gloomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gloomy. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for gloomy

gloomy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gloomy

: somewhat dark : not bright or sunny
: causing feelings of sadness : not hopeful or promising
: sad or depressed

gloomy

adjective
\ ˈglü-mē How to pronounce gloomy (audio) \
gloomier; gloomiest

Kids Definition of gloomy

1 : partly or completely dark
3 : causing feelings of sadness a gloomy story
4 : not hopeful or promising The future looks gloomy.

Other Words from gloomy

gloomily \ -​mə-​lē \ adverb

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