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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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  • But this is Burton, by some accounted a morose person, but by those who knew him intimately a cheery and witty companion.

    Oxford Frederick Douglas How
  • But Robin didn't laugh; his eyes, morose and cynical, held her there.

  • If she exerted any influence, or wielded any power, it was not of the kind which attends a violent or morose temper.

    Bressant Julian Hawthorne
  • It made him morose and gloomy, a man of one idea, to be shunned.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Then all at once Stevenson began to talk, in a voice querulous and morose.

    The Iron Furrow George C. Shedd
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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