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[muh-rohs] /məˈroʊs/
gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
characterized by or expressing gloom.
Origin of morose
1555-65; < Latin mōrōsus fretful, peevish, willful, equivalent to mōr- (stem of mōs) will, inclination + -ōsus -ose1
Related forms
morosely, adverb
moroseness, morosity
[muh-ros-i-tee] /məˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
supermorose, adjective
supermorosely, adverb
supermoroseness, noun
unmorose, adjective
unmorosely, adverb
unmoroseness, noun
1. moody, sour, sulky, surly. See glum.
1. cheerful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for morose
  • He was unusually morose, even for a man who is usually morose.
  • I've been so morose today, thinking of everything I failed at.
  • Audiences also loved this biopic, which is loosely based on the life of a morose comic-book creator.
  • If he were less peevish and morose, all would be well.
  • When you have people waiting to die, you're going to have a morose environment.
  • The Cure went through a pretty morose period for a while.
  • My companions that evening, while certainly not clownish, were mutually morose.
  • The product of their labour can't be that excellent judging by the morose expressions on their faces.
  • He has become morose with your departure.
  • The morose one refuses to smile even when he has just had his teeth cleaned.
British Dictionary definitions for morose


ill-tempered or gloomy
Derived Forms
morosely, adverb
moroseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mōrōsus peevish, capricious, from mōs custom, will, caprice
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Word Origin and History for morose

1530s "gloomy," from Latin morosus "morose, peevish, hypercritical, fastidious," from mos (genitive moris) "habit, custom" (see moral (adj.)). In English, manners by itself means "(good) manners," but here the implication in Latin is "(bad) manners." Related: Morosity.

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