\ 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

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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 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 That film has been regarded as a fairly glum record of the tensions that culminated in the band breaking up. oregonlive, 25 Nov. 2021 Not wanting to further be glum, but there is a similar chance of doing the same kind of mass takeover for cars that are not self-driving cars. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 But as the latest coronavirus surge has led employers to delay return-to-office plans, that larger group is growing increasingly glum. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Jim asks the students why Christianity always has to be so glum and punishing. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 12 Sep. 2021 But on the eve of the meeting, allies, some stung by Biden’s go-it-alone approach on Afghanistan, were glum about the prospects of extending the deadline. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 American experts are glum about what will happen in schools this fall. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2021 Whatever the case, the roster of his films is oddly glum. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 16 July 2021

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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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11 Jan 2022

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“Glum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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 {amp} Bean

Other Words from glum

glumly adverb

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