\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The Colores reggaeton singer meets Latin music fans in Medellín, Colombia to simultaneously unpack the joyful colors and gloomy chaos behind Fernando Botero’s 20 de Julio. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "J Balvin, FKA Twigs, Grimes, TWICE's Chaeyoung & More Narrate Google Arts & Culture’s 'Art Zoom' Series," 15 Sep. 2020 But the vibe remains gloomy and the heart-wringing, like the vast expanse outside the shuttle, goes on and on and on. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 3 Sep. 2020 And, indeed, the role of Misha conforms exactly to the stereotype of the gloomy Russian—chronically suspicious, grim, combative. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Away’ Review: High Drama in Space," 3 Sep. 2020 After being examined by medical-staff members, the linebacker was carted to the Browns’ practice facility, and the gloomy reports followed. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Browns’ Mack Wilson on injury update: ‘See y’all soon’," 31 Aug. 2020 Few rock bands can claim to have brought an entire aesthetic to the mainstream, as The Cure did with their somewhat paradoxical video brand of brightly gloomy goth-pop. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time: Staff List," 27 Aug. 2020 Some past research on the effects of oil spills paints a gloomy picture overall. Khalil A. Cassimally, Scientific American, "Mauritians Launch Rescue to Save Wildlife from Oil Spill," 21 Aug. 2020 Only Franklin Roosevelt, taking the oath on a cloudy and gloomy March day in 1933, inherited comparable challenges. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Great Reclamation Project," 17 Aug. 2020 But the firm's analysis isn't all gloomy news for the growing renewable energy source. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Trouble in the Galapagos. Drilling in Alaska? And more record heat.," 14 Aug. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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 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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