\ 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

Other Words from glum

glumly adverb
glumness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for glum

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 After a long, glum winter of batch soups and stews, the first warm day of spring sent him reeling. Helen Longstreth, The New Yorker, 17 July 2022 Despite all those glum headlines, overall U.S. hiring was up 0.4% [month-over-month]. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 2 June 2022 It’s not just Wall Street that is increasingly glum. New York Times, 14 June 2022 The glum attitude about the state’s direction was shared, to varying degrees, by California voters of nearly every age group, ethnicity and political stripe. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Voters in the state also remain glum about the country’s future. Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 As before, during a gloomy period for a glum population, screwball might just save our sanity. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 10 Feb. 2022 Those nights out were alternately riveting and glum, and always experienced at a little remove. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 There is some good news, however: despite glum consumer sentiment toward the economy, numbers thus far indicate Americans are holiday shopping anyway. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 21 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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“Glum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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 {amp} Bean

Other Words from glum

glumly adverb

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