\ 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 Temperatures started out near freezing early Tuesday, and areas of fog will make for a gloomy start to what should be a mostly sunny day. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday weather: Frost, fog, then gradual clearing; high 52," 18 Feb. 2020 Except for the usual naysayers, spoilsports and gloomy Gusses, nobody seems to mind much one way or the other if the annual deficit is $1 trillion, $2 trillion or $10 trillion. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "We’ll Be $1 Trillion in the Red in 2020. No Big Deal!," 13 Feb. 2020 The open-air festival, featuring Venezuela’s top émigré bands, $12 hamburgers and artisanal beer, was one of the myriad entertainment events that have blossomed around the once gloomy capital in recent months. New York Times, "Venezuela’s Capital Is Booming. Is This the End of the Revolution?," 1 Feb. 2020 There’s only one way for Porter, who is rapidly becoming one of the brightest lights during this gloomy rebuild, to gain that in-game experience. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "John Beilein has private talk with rookie Kevin Porter Jr., offers encouragement after costly late-game mistakes," 31 Jan. 2020 The movie, itself, is gray and murky like the toxic West Virginia waters that provide the film’s first gloomy sense of trouble. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Cancer-causing chemicals at heart of ‘Dark Waters’," 26 Nov. 2019 Johnson’s office gave a gloomy assessment after his call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday morning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UK says chances of Brexit deal slim; EU chides ‘blame game’," 8 Oct. 2019 His erstwhile sweetheart Margo is deftly underplayed by Kelly Rosales, who contributes engaging vocals. Contrasting the gloomy atmosphere are some wild and woolly production numbers staged by Lorton and co-choreographer Heather Holt-Smith. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "On Theater: ‘Bright Star’ flickers at the GEM," 1 Oct. 2019 The media left the feel-good stories to write stories that encapsulated the gloomy mood. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: How Much Should We Care About the Laver Cup?," 18 Sep. 2019

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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 23 Feb. 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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