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[gloo-mee] /ˈglu mi/
adjective, gloomier, gloomiest.
dark or dim; deeply shaded:
gloomy skies.
causing gloom; dismal or depressing:
a gloomy prospect.
filled with or showing gloom; sad, dejected, or melancholy.
hopeless or despairing; pessimistic:
a gloomy view of the future.
Origin of gloomy
1580-90; gloom + -y1
Related forms
gloomily, adverb
gloominess, noun
overgloomily, adverb
overgloominess, noun
overgloomy, adjective
ungloomily, adverb
ungloomy, adjective
1. obscure, shadowy, dusky; lowering, threatening. 3. downcast, downhearted, despondent, depressed, glum, dispirited.
3. happy. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gloomily
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  • Burke's eyes, gloomily fixed on the opposite wall, did not turn as he spoke.

    The Road to Understanding Eleanor H. Porter
  • "My harness is yours by the law of arms," said the Spaniard, gloomily.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “Imposing on our innocence, it seems to me,” assented Tom, gloomily.

  • Settlers, gloomily acquiescent in an unjust fate, brightened at his heralding.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • "Show me Dingwell's room, till I have a look at him," said the Jew, gloomily.

    The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • "That settles it," he said aloud, gloomily, watching the last figures.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • I might have known you would take that view of it,” the spy said gloomily, “and yet I have a proposition to make.

  • "She may be right there," said Arthur, gloomily, resuming his walk.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Brier and blossom bow to meet him In derision round his path; gloomily the hemlocks greet him And the crow screams out in wrath.

  • "We will see it," said Balbus gloomily, as they followed her in.

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
British Dictionary definitions for gloomily


adjective gloomier, gloomiest
dark or dismal
causing depression, dejection, or gloom: gloomy news
despairing; sad
Derived Forms
gloomily, adverb
gloominess, noun
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Word Origin and History for gloomily



1580s, probably from gloom even though that word is not attested as early as this one is. Shakespeare used it of woods, Marlowe of persons. Gloomy Gus used in a general sense of "sullen person" since 1940s, from a comic strip character of that name first recorded 1904. Related: Gloomily; gloominess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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