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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
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  • Burke's eyes, gloomily fixed on the opposite wall, did not turn as he spoke.

    The Road to Understanding Eleanor H. Porter
  • "I don't think I am likely to want money here," answered Richard, gloomily.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • “Imposing on our innocence, it seems to me,” assented Tom, gloomily.

  • "He did not hide his convictions," Mashurina put in gloomily.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • "Show me Dingwell's room, till I have a look at him," said the Jew, gloomily.

    The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • "As a favour they might have shot you," replied Rickerl, gloomily.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • I might have known you would take that view of it,” the spy said gloomily, “and yet I have a proposition to make.

  • “The outside sheets were exercises anyhow,” said Walter gloomily.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • Brier and blossom bow to meet him In derision round his path; gloomily the hemlocks greet him And the crow screams out in wrath.

  • “I do not understand Moyse, nor what he is doing,” said Toussaint gloomily.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
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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