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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This gloomy forecast should have come as no surprise. The Economist, "Japan’s pension problems are a harbinger of challenges elsewhere," 9 July 2019 Since opening three months ago, Otterson said customer feedback has been excellent but frozen dessert sales have been slow amid the cool and gloomy weather this spring. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Leucadia cafe specializes in live culture food, drinks," 27 June 2019 Despite the gloomy and rainy conditions, Prince William was a gentleman and held an umbrella for him and the duchess. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just a Bunch of Photos of Kate Middleton and Prince William Being Cute at the Royal Ascot," 18 June 2019 The gloomy weather, expected to last a bit longer, is all part of living with a marine climate. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California Week in Review: A mysterious $1.5 billion in Cal State’s reserves," 22 June 2019 The shocker, announced midway through this week’s exhibition, helped Boeing turn around a gloomy mood in Paris and instill confidence in the 737 Max, which has been grounded since March after two fatal crashes. Time, "Airbus Vows to Fight Boeing for a Massive Jet Order," 20 June 2019 The increasingly gloomy outlook comes after the United States ratcheted up the trade war with China and sparred with other major trading partners, including Mexico and India. Charles Riley And John Defterios, CNN, "Blackstone CEO says the trade war won't cause a US recession in 2020," 19 June 2019 Despite the knit cap on his head, the T-shirt clad writer and star clearly wasn’t expecting the gloomy weather. Washington Post, "The newcomers behind ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’," 13 June 2019 Yet in one sense, at least, this dark period looks much gloomier than its recent precursors. The Economist, "LexingtonPast episodes of presidential wrongdoing have provoked a reaction," 24 Feb. 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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