\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web For Pelosi and the Democrats, the address was a much more glum event. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, "Impeachment done, Pelosi unburdens herself about Trump," 6 Feb. 2020 For a Valentine's Day confection, High Fidelity is oppressively glum. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'High Fidelity': TV Review," 3 Feb. 2020 The Four Weddings star was glum-faced at a London tapas bar at 10pm on Thursday with wife Anna Eberstein as the exit poll revealed Boris Johnson’s landslide. Fox News, "All candidates Hugh Grant campaigned with during UK election failed to win seat," 15 Dec. 2019 In the image, Bernard has a big smile on her face while standing next to Mintz-Plasse, who appears to look glum. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Hilary Duff’s Younger Costar Molly Bernard Officiated Her Wedding Along with Chris Mintz-Plasse," 27 Dec. 2019 Understandably, the man was glum, especially after he was admitted to the cancer center to begin treatment. Fox News, "Tennessee cancer nurse’s Christmas duet with patient goes viral: 'Music is such a wonderful healer'," 19 Dec. 2019 The Connecticut guys, who had started to look glum around halftime, must have run out of luck. BostonGlobe.com, "A new game in town," 10 Nov. 2019 Year after year, glum news about American schooling repeats with a deadening regularity. Matthew Ladner, National Review, "Arizona’s Success with Charter Schools Is a Model Other States Would Be Wise to Follow," 8 Nov. 2019 His expression was blank and his tone appropriately glum. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Column: As Mitch Trubisky’s struggles compound, the Bears stare their worst-case scenario in the face," 22 Oct. 2019

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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 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glumness. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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