\ ˈglüm How to pronounce gloom (audio) \
gloomed; glooming; glooms

Definition of gloom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to look, feel, or act sullen or despondent
2 : to be or become overcast
3 : to loom up dimly

transitive verb

: to make dark, murky, or somber : make gloomy



Definition of gloom (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : partial or total darkness
b : a dark or shadowy place
2a : lowness of spirits : dejection
b : an atmosphere of despondency a gloom fell over the household

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Examples of gloom in a Sentence


we just sat there, glooming, as we waited and waited for our dinners to arrive he continued to gloom over the fact that he had been passed over for promotion to district manager


The painting captures the gloom of a foggy night. He walked away, disappearing into the gloom. the gloom of the forest He was often subject to periods of gloom. A cloud of gloom has descended over the city.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The scene: After weeks of doom and gloom, hope is growing that geopolitical tensions weighing on markets could ease. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Today in markets: Trade relief, and the lowest interest rates in 5,000 years," 5 Sep. 2019 The measures helped to lift the pall of gloom that had been hovering over India’s equity markets since Sitharaman’s July. Anand James, Quartz India, "Foreign investors are still not enthused by Modi government’s latest policy boost," 29 Aug. 2019 Don’t let the doom and gloom of these reports get you down. NBC News, "How women can negotiate for better pay past their 'peak earning age' of 44," 28 Aug. 2019 Embracing the doom-and-gloom rhetoric of the Left isn’t just bad statistics. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 How does a person respond to limitless doom and gloom? Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Loneliest Generation Embraces Billie Eilish," 23 Aug. 2019 But here’s some good news amid the doom and gloom: Help is on the way. Anthony Flint,, "Tired of waiting for national push, a buzzing hive of climate resilience innovators is at work in Boston," 8 Aug. 2019 Her column asserts that if Colorado offers a public option, citizens will lose their health care services and doom and gloom will prevail. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Caring about cost of health care; A price too high to pay?; Make classrooms manageable (8/16/19)," 16 Aug. 2019 Shearing argues that some of the gloom and doom is unjustified. Charles Riley, CNN, "5 of the world's biggest economies are at risk of recession," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of gloom


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gloom

Verb and Noun

Middle English gloumen

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The first known use of gloom was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of gloom

: partial or total darkness
: a feeling of sadness


\ ˈglüm How to pronounce gloom (audio) \

Kids Definition of gloom

1 : partial or complete darkness
2 : a sad mood

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