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gloomy

[gloo-mee]
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adjective, gloom·i·er, gloom·i·est.
  1. dark or dim; deeply shaded: gloomy skies.
  2. causing gloom; dismal or depressing: a gloomy prospect.
  3. filled with or showing gloom; sad, dejected, or melancholy.
  4. hopeless or despairing; pessimistic: a gloomy view of the future.

Origin of gloomy

First recorded in 1580–90; gloom + -y1
Related formsgloom·i·ly, adverbgloom·i·ness, nouno·ver·gloom·i·ly, adverbo·ver·gloom·i·ness, nouno·ver·gloom·y, adjectiveun·gloom·i·ly, adverbun·gloom·y, adjective

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1. obscure, shadowy, dusky; lowering, threatening. 3. downcast, downhearted, despondent, depressed, glum, dispirited.

Synonym study

1. See dark.

Antonyms

3. happy.
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gloomy

adjective gloomier or gloomiest
  1. dark or dismal
  2. causing depression, dejection, or gloomgloomy news
  3. despairing; sad
Derived Formsgloomily, adverbgloominess, noun
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Word Origin and History for gloomy

adj.

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.

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