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 gloomily (audio) \ adverb
gloominess \ ˈglü-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce gloominess (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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The game’s story mode leads you through gloomy Gotham, sunny Metropolis, and even to the fiery realm of Apokolips, with a detour to Clark Kent’s hometown of Smallville thrown in for good measure. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "LEGO DC Super-Villains," 22 Oct. 2018 The gloomy trading day in the United States followed a mixed day elsewhere. Matt Phillips And Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "Markets Tumble Again as U.S.-China Trade Tensions Continue to Rise," 6 Apr. 2018 Walmart defied a gloomy government retail sales report for December, delivering fiscal fourth-quarter profits and sales that beat Wall Street expectations. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Walmart flexes in the fourth quarter, beats all expectations," 20 Feb. 2019 But all three were told in bits and pieces of lore, in gloomy cinematics and in the environments themselves. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The film Groundhog Day gets a VR sequel, Creative Assembly teases a new shooter," 8 Feb. 2019 Anthony Bianciella/Casaza Over the course of two hours on a gloomy Monday in late October, more than 500 people line up in New York City’s Union Square to meet the Property Brothers. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The Property Brothers’ empire, explained," 14 Nov. 2018 The bright ends stretching out to the heavens is enough to clear up any gloomy fall day, and give us all kinds of hair envy. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "21 Bronde Hair Ideas That Look Amazing on Everyone," 7 Oct. 2018 Even better than its comic book craziness, Wynonna Earp has become a model for how to make a fantasy story mature but not off-puttingly gloomy. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Wynonna Earp is back, and there’s still time to catch up on Netflix," 20 July 2018 Image The 61st annual parade, held under gloomy skies, was part party, part protest march, part memorial, part pep rally, sometimes all in one person. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Hurricane Maria Casts Shadow Over Puerto Rican Parade," 10 June 2018

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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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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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