gloomy

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adjective \ˈglü-mē\

Definition of gloomy

gloomier

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gloomiest

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  causing gloom :  depressing <a gloomy story> <a gloomy landscape>b :  lacking in promise or hopefulness :  pessimistic <gloomy prophecies> <a gloomy future>

gloomily

play \ˈglü-mə-lē\ adverb

gloominess

play \ˈglü-mē-nəs\ noun

Examples of gloomy in a sentence

  1. We've had a week of gloomy weather.

  2. The news continues to be gloomy.

  3. She doesn't agree with their gloomy economic forecasts.

  4. His book paints a gloomy picture of the prospects for peace.

  5. I've never seen you looking so gloomy.

Origin and Etymology of gloomy

see 1gloom


First Known Use: 1588

Synonym Discussion of gloomy

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>.

GLOOMY Defined for English Language Learners

gloomy

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adjective \ˈglü-mē\

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

gloomy

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adjective \ˈglü-mē\

Definition of gloomy for Students

gloomier

gloomiest

  1. 1 :  partly or completely dark

  2. 2 :  sad 1, blue

  3. 3 :  causing feelings of sadness <a gloomy story>

  4. 4 :  not hopeful or promising <The future looks gloomy.>

gloomily

\-mə-lē\ adverb


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