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[gloo-mee] /ˈglu mi/
adjective, gloomier, gloomiest.
dark or dim; deeply shaded:
gloomy skies.
causing gloom; dismal or depressing:
a gloomy prospect.
filled with or showing gloom; sad, dejected, or melancholy.
hopeless or despairing; pessimistic:
a gloomy view of the future.
Origin of gloomy
First recorded in 1580-90; gloom + -y1
Related forms
gloomily, adverb
gloominess, noun
overgloomily, adverb
overgloominess, noun
overgloomy, adjective
ungloomily, adverb
ungloomy, adjective
1. obscure, shadowy, dusky; lowering, threatening. 3. downcast, downhearted, despondent, depressed, glum, dispirited.
3. happy.
Synonym Study
1. See dark. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gloomily
Historical Examples
  • "My harness is yours by the law of arms," said the Spaniard, gloomily.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "Yes; I'd give a good deal if I could walk as well as he can," said Chip, gloomily.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • He broke a roll and munched it gloomily, pondering this revelation.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Settlers, gloomily acquiescent in an unjust fate, brightened at his heralding.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • "He's a dandy if he catches Baumberger," Miss Georgie averred, gloomily.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • "That settles it," he said aloud, gloomily, watching the last figures.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • "She may be right there," said Arthur, gloomily, resuming his walk.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • "Jist th' same as th' other wan," he said gloomily and significantly.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • "I feel that this is a crisis," he began as he gloomily shook my hand.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • "To seek refuge in the mountains," gloomily answered Don Rodrigo.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
British Dictionary definitions for gloomily


adjective gloomier, gloomiest
dark or dismal
causing depression, dejection, or gloom: gloomy news
despairing; sad
Derived Forms
gloomily, adverb
gloominess, noun
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Word Origin and History for gloomily



1580s, probably from gloom even though that word is not attested as early as this one is. Shakespeare used it of woods, Marlowe of persons. Gloomy Gus used in a general sense of "sullen person" since 1940s, from a comic strip character of that name first recorded 1904. Related: Gloomily; gloominess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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