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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 morosely
  • The moon hung morosely above cornfields.
  • Gaunt and lovely, her pale skin set off by morosely stylish gowns, Parker looks like a goth goddess in a music video.
  • Still, I can't seem to buck up and get busy instead of sitting here morosely staring at my empty email inbox.
  • He would withdraw morosely from the world into a sort of catatonic state.
  • They sprawl on the sandbags outside the command post and Smith stands looking at them morosely.
  • He sipped morosely at his martini.
  • She looked morosely toward the floor.
  • Two years later, the expanded staff sat morosely at their machines.
  • Unless help came from somewhere over the rainbow, they joked morosely to one another, the plan was dead.
British Dictionary definitions for morosely


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 morosely

1650s, from morose + -ly (2).



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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