\ 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

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 Rather than be glum about the loss of normalcy, try to embrace the opportunity to turn Christmas on its head and have some fun with it during this weird, one-off year. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "I want to make this Christmas special for my girlfriend, but I’m also flat broke," 6 Dec. 2020 The glum consensus is, though, being challenged by two big Chinese chains. The Economist, "How China’s Jin Jiang and Huazhu put Marriott and Hilton to shame," 3 Dec. 2020 But there are reasons to believe the mood in Pyongyang is glum this week, and that Kim might be preparing his trigger finger for a new cycle of missile or nuclear testing. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "North Korea watches Biden victory with one finger on the missile test trigger," 9 Nov. 2020 In the glum totality of all that has happened or could happen in 2020, the new paint job on an innocuous house in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset barely merits a shrug. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Say goodbye to another quirky S.F. landmark — the Mondrian House at Ocean Beach," 27 Oct. 2020 The mood is so glum in the oil industry that European oil majors are pivoting away from oil and gas in favor of renewables and low-carbon solutions. Matt Egan, CNN, "The oil industry is in crisis. ConocoPhillips is doubling down," 19 Oct. 2020 We may be inclined toward a somewhat glum or melancholy view of ourselves and life at large due to the gentle Moon's harsh square to stern Saturn at 7:14 am EDT. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for September 19, 2020," 19 Sep. 2020 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

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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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12 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glum. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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