\ ˈglü-mē \
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 \ adverb
gloominess \ˈglü-mē-nəs \ 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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Claire Adams' Violet is gloomy in the small town where people have always turned their heads and managed to say the wrong things. Daryl H. Miller,, "The Actors Co-op production of 'Violet' might make you believe in miracles," 24 May 2018 Following Chris Coleman's appointment into the hot seat of the Stadium of Light a glimmer of optimism was evident once again following a dark and gloomy tenure under Simon Grayson., "VIDEO: Behind the Scenes Footage of Sunderland's Busy Transfer Deadline Day," 2 Feb. 2018 But the apartment was on a low floor and was dark and gloomy. Joyce Cohen, New York Times, "An Apartment ‘in the Heart of Everything’," 25 Jan. 2018 Clouds come in all shapes and sizes: wispy, high cirrus, puffy cumulus, the low, gray stratocumulus layers that blanket gloomy days. Kate Marvel, Scientific American, "Will Changing Cloud Cover Accelerate Global Warming?," 8 Dec. 2017 If Brian VanGorder’s unit struggles with a true freshman in Week 3, though, the forecast for the rest of the season will be gloomy. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Western Kentucky," 4 July 2018 For every person in the U.S., there is 24 square feet of retail space, far more than Canada’s 16 square feet per capita, Australia’s 11 square feet and five square feet in the U.K. Not all is gloomy in the retail world. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Malls Vacancies Hit Six-Year High as Online Shopping Takes a Toll," 2 July 2018 The idea could tackle the vexing problem that demand for social safety net programs peaks during gloomy economic times, just as state tax revenues begin to shrink. John Myers,, "With new ideas to boost welfare grants, California lawmakers now must take on Gov. Jerry Brown," 29 Apr. 2018 Market Reaction Analysts at banks including Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Group are growing gloomier about emerging-market currencies, especially those in Asia that will also suffer if Chinese growth slows. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Fresh Tariffs Make Markets Tremble," 11 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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