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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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  • The wintry weather continued, and it was as gloomy outside as in.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • Her brother's face, gloomy behind the iron screen, tickled her fancy.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Sonia felt that his gloomy creed had become his faith and code.

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The scenery before the gorge of the river is reached is gloomy, but grand.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • "With Italy and with you," said Mr. Goodwood with gloomy plainness and no appearance of trying to make an epigram.

British Dictionary definitions for gloomy


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 gloomy

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.

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