- 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
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Examples from the Web for gloomily
"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
"He's a dandy if he catches Baumberger," Miss Georgie averred, gloomily.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- dark or dismal
- causing depression, dejection, or gloomgloomy news
- despairing; sad
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.