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

Other Words from gloomy

gloomily \ ˈglü-​mə-​lē How to pronounce gloomy (audio) \ adverb
gloominess \ ˈglü-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce gloomy (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for gloomy

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Recession fears are high, and today’s markets still look pretty gloomy. David Meyer, Fortune, 6 May 2022 The reality of a recession feels is broadly economically gloomy — think rising unemployment, a stock market in decline, and stagnating or shrinking wages. Allison Morrow, CNN, 6 May 2022 Things looked gloomy for the Reds in the fifth inning when India exited with a right hamstring injury. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2022 On a recent gloomy Sunday afternoon, ten members of the Coalition to Save Aunt Fanny’s Cabin gathered in front of the shipshape building that once housed the restaurant. Hanna Raskin, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2022 Surround view and panoramic roof are essential in Seattle, with its narrow streets and gloomy winter weather that makes Michigan seem bright by comparison. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 12 Feb. 2022 Still, Disney decided against postponing the current timeline because of weather constraints in the U.K. as sources note few wanted the cheery musical to be filmed in gloomy weather. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Feb. 2022 Even gloomy weather and dark winter days are no match for a handy grow light like this one on Amazon, which has thousands of five-star ratings. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2022 Volatility is elevated and individual investor sentiment is gloomy. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Gloomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gloomy. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for gloomy

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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