\ 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.

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And even the glum communist-era suburb of Petržalka, right across the Danube, has undergone a technicolor makeover. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Rick Steves: Slovakia’s capital is the fastest-changing city in Europe with remarkable comeback," 2 July 2019 All in all, the members of San Antonio’s City Council looked pretty glum Monday afternoon. Gilbert Garcia,, "San Antonio homestead exemption flies in the face of fiscal reality," 26 June 2019 André, the cycling teen played by Murilo Caliari, lives with his younger brother and his aunt Márcia (Gláucia Vandeveld) in a glum factory town, where Márcia works as a nurse to laborers. João Dumans, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Araby,’ the Story of a Wandering Laborer," 21 June 2018 There were glum reactions on the set at Fox News Channel. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives," 7 Nov. 2018 If, after going all-in on Trubisky and then Nagy and taking three-plus years to overhaul the roster to his liking, Pace was feeling glum right now, there would be major issues. Dan Wiederer,, "The Bears are back! At Halas Hall anyway. So now what?," 3 Apr. 2018 Some of the other guys in the (Trump) administration are pretty dour and glum and combative. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroiter is president's new chief of staff in 'The First Purge'," 1 July 2018 Talking about it this morning, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was only able to muster the glum resolution of a man contemplating a vegan hotdog. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 The would-be Palestinian parliament is left empty, a glum reminder of what might have been. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Unfinished Palestinian parliament a grim symbol," 6 July 2018

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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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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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