- 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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Examples from the Web for glooming
But Donny was glooming over his wrongs, and neither heard nor wanted to hear.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
And instead of glooming life, it because it is the power of love.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
"Let us get out of this glooming, and where we can see a rod around us," suggested the jailer.Dulcibel
The Barone, glooming in an obscure corner of the conservatory, saw them come in.The Place of Honeymoons
Marian, coming in a few minutes later, found her glooming there still.Chicken Little Jane
Lily Munsell Ritchie
- 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 glooming
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).