\ 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 And there is nothing more discouraging than waking up to a gloomy, stormy day — but don't let the weather get to you. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "The Best Street Style From London Fashion Week," 18 Feb. 2020 These rain boots don't only look nice, they're specially designed with those gloomy rainy days in mind. Kelsey Mulvey, Marie Claire, "Shop Cute Hunter Rain Boots That Are Discounted on Amazon Right Now," 18 Sep. 2019 But on a gloomy August day, sitting in Billboard’s New York offices, Wrabel is, in fact, quite the picture of that other definition of gaiety. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Wrabel's Road to Happiness: How the Singer-Songwriter Went Independent & Found Joy," 29 Aug. 2019 After a few gloomy days that remind Oregonians fall is just around the corner, the National Weather Service predicts Sunday will be the bridge between the gloom and a few days of sun., "Portland metro Sunday weather: Partly sunny with a chance of rain in the morning," 11 Aug. 2019 The Giants, continuing to trend in the wrong direction, lost for the fifth time in six games in August, another gloomy day for fans longing for the glory years. John Shea,, "Giants trending in wrong direction, fall 5-3 to Nationals," 6 Aug. 2019 But some important measures don’t support this gloomy view. Andrew Mcafee, WIRED, "How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet," 29 June 2019 Waning consumption at home, troubled banks and a gloomy global outlook are being blamed, prompting a flurry of measures from the government. Washington Post, "Why in India, 6% Economic Growth Is Cause for Alarm," 29 Nov. 2019 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

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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 29 Mar. 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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