glum

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adjective \ˈgləm\

Definition of glum

glummer

glummest

  1. 1 :  broodingly morose <became glum when they heard the news>

  2. 2 :  dreary, gloomy <a glum countenance>

glumly

adverb

glumness

noun

Examples of glum in a sentence

  1. There's no need to look so glum—things will get better soon.

  2. There was a glum silence in the room.

Origin and Etymology of glum

akin to Middle English gloumen to gloom


First Known Use: 1547

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

GLUM Defined for English Language Learners

glum

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adjective \ˈgləm\

Definition of glum for English Language Learners

  • : sad or depressed


GLUM Defined for Kids

glum

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adjective \ˈgləm\

Definition of glum for Students

glummer

glummest

  1. :  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>

glumly

adverb


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