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
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.
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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