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glum

[gluhm] /glʌm/
adjective, glummer, glummest.
1.
sullenly or silently gloomy; dejected.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; variant of gloom
Related forms
glumly, adverb
glumness, noun
Synonyms
moody, sulky; despondent, melancholy. Glum, morose, sullen, dour, surly all are adjectives describing a gloomy, unsociable attitude. Glum describes a depressed, spiritless condition or manner, usually temporary rather than habitual: a glum shrug of the shoulders; a glum, hopeless look in his eye. Morose, which adds to glum a sense of bitterness, implies a habitual and pervasive gloominess: a sour, morose manner; morose withdrawal from human contact. Sullen usually implies reluctance or refusal to speak accompanied by glowering looks expressing anger or a sense of injury: a sullen manner, silence, look. Dour refers to a stern and forbidding aspect, stony and unresponsive: dour rejection of friendly overtures. Surly implies gruffness of speech and manner, usually accompanied by an air of injury and ill temper: a surly reply.
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  • But many economists remain worried that momentum could soon weaken, with the economy sliding back into glum times.
  • He turned to look at the five witnesses and was dismayed to see the glum expressions on the faces of the stoic islanders.
  • Paint and tile helped take our remodel from glum to glam.
  • What should have been a glorious event turned into a glum one.
  • It was a rare bit of optimism in a region whose mood is glum.
  • The sky takes on a glum palette ranging from bruised purple to rust red.
  • Those with a combination of these traits have particularly glum statistics.
  • The ruling has left civil libertarians glum about the future of e-mail privacy at work.
  • But glee turned to glum this week as markets retreated around the globe.
  • But as far as engines go, the situation is still glum.
British Dictionary definitions for glum

glum

/ɡlʌm/
adjective glummer, glummest
1.
silent or sullen, as from gloom
Derived Forms
glumly, adverb
glumness, noun
Word Origin
C16: variant of gloom
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Word Origin and History for glum
adj.

1540s, "sullen, frowning," from Middle English gloumen (v.) "become dark" (c.1300), later gloumben "look gloomy or sullen" (late 14c.); see gloom. Related: Glumly; glumness.

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