adjective mo·rose \ mə-ˈrōs , mȯ- \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of morose

1 : having a sullen and gloomy disposition
2 : marked by or expressive of gloom






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Examples of morose in a Sentence

  1. She thought of the bootlegger at home—a raddled, skinny old man, morose and suspicious. He sat on his front step with a shotgun on Halloween night. —Alice MunroRunaway2004
  2. We have little finished footage to go by, but enough to give us pause: an exquisite clip of Rochefort, sitting with a book in the half-darkness, his eyes wet, gleaming, and morose. —Anthony LaneNew Yorker3 Feb. 2003
  3. I have never known if Momma sent for us, or if the St. Louis family just got fed up with my grim presence. There is nothing more appalling than a constantly morose child. —Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings1969
  4. He became morose and withdrawn and would not talk to anyone.

  5. those morose job seekers who have grown accustomed to rejection

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Origin and Etymology of morose

Latin morosus, literally, capricious, from mor-, mos will

Synonym Discussion of morose

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

MOROSE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of morose for English Language Learners

  • of a person : very serious, unhappy, and quiet

  • : very sad or unhappy

MOROSE Defined for Kids


adjective mo·rose \ mə-ˈrōs , mȯ- \

Definition of morose for Students

: very serious, unhappy, and quiet
  • She became morose and spoke to no one.

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