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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 gloomy
  • Some parts of life seem dark and gloomy, while others are bright and colorful.
  • Dark pictures and gloomy forebodings are worse than useless.
  • Others live in the murky shadows of nondescript neighborhoods and the gloomy light of urban nightclubs.
  • This is the kind of book that romance fans will read and reread on gloomy days.
  • Almost no restoration has been done to the temple; it has been swallowed by jungle, creating a quiet, gloomy atmosphere.
  • Fight off gloomy days with a colorful garden.
  • Despite his dark turn, he remains adorable and well-groomed, even as a gloomy loner.
  • It's cold and gloomy, as nature rises like a slow tide against human constructions.
  • The morning court session quickly turned from cheerful to gloomy.
  • It's getting downright gloomy here.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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