\ˈglü-mē \
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 \ adverb
gloominess \ ˈglü-​mē-​nəs \ 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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Everyone’s favorite gloomy writer returned to Steam and this week though, and at a whopping 80 percent discount. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Alan Wake is back on sale after a 17 month absence, Layers of Fear 2 announced," 26 Oct. 2018 In other words, don't expect all things to be so gloomy. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Mary Steenburgen’s Guest Appearance on ‘The Conners’ Premiere Looks Very Dark," 15 Oct. 2018 Prospects are gloomy for the near future, as this kind of advertising extends beyond politics. Austan Goolsbee, New York Times, "What Advertising History Says About the Future of Fake News," 25 May 2018 For the entire fashion industry - most of which was at the ceremony, in black, in a McQueen piece that will only be more sentimental after today - the days following his death were gloomy. Derek Blasberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Remembering Lee," 20 Sep. 2010 The Posies: The Seattle pop duo that brought bright 1960s-style pop sunshine to the gloomy ’90s grunge era returns on one of its frequent reunion tours. 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Things to do in the Bay Area, May 23," 21 May 2018 Claire Adams' Violet is gloomy in the small town where people have always turned their heads and managed to say the wrong things. Daryl H. Miller,, "The Actors Co-op production of 'Violet' might make you believe in miracles," 24 May 2018 Following Chris Coleman's appointment into the hot seat of the Stadium of Light a glimmer of optimism was evident once again following a dark and gloomy tenure under Simon Grayson., "VIDEO: Behind the Scenes Footage of Sunderland's Busy Transfer Deadline Day," 2 Feb. 2018 But the apartment was on a low floor and was dark and gloomy. Joyce Cohen, New York Times, "An Apartment ‘in the Heart of Everything’," 25 Jan. 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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English Language Learners Definition of gloomy

: somewhat dark : not bright or sunny

: causing feelings of sadness : not hopeful or promising

: sad or depressed


\ˈglü-mē \
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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