\ ˈgləm How to pronounce glum (audio) \
glummer; glummest

Definition of glum

1 : broodingly morose became glum when they heard the news
2 : dreary, gloomy a glum countenance

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Other Words from glum

glumly adverb
glumness noun

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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 glum in a Sentence

There's no need to look so glum—things will get better soon. There was a glum silence in the room.
Recent Examples on the Web Peter Walzer, founding partner in a high-end divorce practice in Los Angeles with a celebrity clientele, is glum about how the pandemic has affected his firm. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Divorce during coronavirus: Will splits soar after pandemic quarantines end?," 2 June 2020 Some of Trump's advisers described the president as glum and shellshocked by his declining popularity. Anchorage Daily News, "As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it’s safe to inch back to normal," 9 May 2020 That glum outlook sent stocks in Europe temporarily lower, but expectations for a far-reaching global response — including the potential for a coordinated interest rate across central banks — helped to stem market bleeding. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Global Economic Policymakers Scramble as Coronavirus Threatens Growth," 10 Mar. 2020 The Social Security Administration office on the plaza’s west edge, the space that regular citizens are most likely to visit, claustrophobic and glum. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Trump’s next target could be his most cynical yet — modern architecture," 9 Feb. 2020 Only by offering scarifying models can the glum epidemiologist and statesman sufficiently terrify the public and thereby allow policymakers to enact the necessary draconian shelter-in-place protocols. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Eeyore Syndrome," 7 Apr. 2020 Opposite Earl stays glum for a few miles but then rallies and still wants to go to this other girl’s house. Lee Durkee, Harper's Magazine, "Ride or Die," 30 Mar. 2020 But, at both the global and U.S. level, there are plenty of reasons why automakers are growing increasingly glum. NBC News, "Coronavirus starts to take a major toll on automakers, with thousands of jobs at risk," 18 Mar. 2020 For Pelosi and the Democrats, the address was a much more glum event. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, "Impeachment done, Pelosi unburdens herself about Trump," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of glum

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glum

akin to Middle English gloumen to gloom

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27 Jun 2020

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“Glum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glum. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of glum

: sad or depressed
\ ˈgləm How to pronounce glum (audio) \
glummer; glummest

Kids Definition of glum

: gloomy and sad a glum expression "You probably don't ever get in trouble anyway," said Bean, feeling glum. "I'm always in trouble."— Annie Barrows, Ivy & Bean

Other Words from glum

glumly adverb

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