- total or partial darkness; dimness.
- a state of melancholy or depression; low spirits.
- a despondent or depressed look or expression.
- to appear or become dark, dim, or somber.
- to look sad, dismal, or dejected; frown.
- to fill with gloom; make gloomy or sad; sadden.
- to make dark or somber.
Origin of gloom
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- the blues; melancholy (usually preceded by the).
Origin of glooms
Examples from the Web for gloom
They peered out into the gloom from Battery Park and could not make out her form.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty
October 28, 2014
He is rather drawn to figures in pain, to the primordial, and to gloom.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
In the gloom the flash of missiles impacting in the distance heartened them.America’s WTF Air War in Syria
October 6, 2014
To add to the gloom, several high-profile Ebola cases have occurred in health-care workers treating patients with the disease.What Ebola on a Plane Means for the U.S.
August 7, 2014
Yet jollity and gloom are still at war in our censorious age.A History of American Fun
February 9, 2014
Its conditions are gloomier, and it consorts more easily with gloom.Weighed and Wanting
It is a charming spot, even in the gloom of a wintry afternoon.Yorkshire Painted And Described
This increased his astonishment, and did not lessen the gloom on his face.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
But at that moment an inspiration came to lighten the gloom.The Bacillus of Beauty
Just a tiny little ray of sunshine had dispelled all the gloom for a minute.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- partial or total darkness
- a state of depression or melancholy
- an appearance or expression of despondency or melancholy
- poetic a dim or dark place
- (intr) to look sullen or depressed
- to make or become dark or gloomy
Word Origin and History for gloom
c.1300 as a verb, "to look sullen or displeased," perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian dialectal glome "to stare somberly"). Not considered to be related to Old English glom "twilight," but perhaps to Middle Low German glum "turbid," Dutch gluren "to leer." The noun is 1590s in Scottish, "sullen look," from the verb. Sense of "darkness, obscurity" is first recorded 1629 in Milton's poetry; that of "melancholy" is 1744 (gloomy in this sense is attested from 1580s).