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 gloomy (audio) \ adverb
gloominess \ ˈglü-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce gloomy (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 This gloomy outlook is contrasted by moderately positive reports of UK vacancies numbers surging. Jelena Radonjic, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The medical historians Niall Johnson and Juergen Mueller, in their 2002 global estimate of the death toll from the 1918 pandemic, quote a gloomy perspective on medical statistics from a British public-health report published in 1888. Katherine S. Xue, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2021 Individual petals give the blooms a lifelike (if gloomy) dimension. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Aug. 2021 But a meeting of the G7, held in Cornwall, U.K., last weekend, has changed the gloomy outlook. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 17 June 2021 The outlook for open-minded, independent research on ethical AI appeared gloomy. Tom Simonite, Wired, 8 June 2021 Thursday’s gloomy weather will extend into tonight. Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2021 Unlike the poem, which depicts the court as a lively place full of mirth, Lowery’s Round Table is gloomy and contemplative, with an ecclesiastical atmosphere. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 With a dark and gloomy sky hovering over Foxborough all afternoon Monday, a storm seemed imminent throughout Patriots practice. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2021

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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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20 Sep 2021

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“Gloomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gloomy. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for gloomy

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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