- 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 gloomy
Yet this, in the end, is a book from which one emerges sad, gloomy, disenchanted, at least if we agree to take it seriously.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
The running machines are a gloomy chorus of heavy-footed stomping.How to Survive the New Year ‘Gympocalypse’
January 6, 2015
Hemingway wrote of crossing a stream into a “gloomy little village.”Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
The gloomy postmortem has begun, but team manager Roy Hodgson is not resigning.England Eliminated From World Cup 2014: The ‘Years of Hurt’ Continue
June 20, 2014
I felt recharged on my trip —a vastly different feeling from years before, when life in early March became muted and gloomy.Memorial Days After Mourning Has Passed
May 25, 2014
Horace Milbrey sits alone in his gloomy, high-ceilinged library.
No one knows what that man suffers; it makes him gloomy all the time about everything.
Dark pictures and gloomy forebodings are worse than useless.
He was silent, and almost as gloomy as Hiram Bartlett himself.
If your wife was sensitive, you would kill her with your gloomy fits.
- dark or dismal
- causing depression, dejection, or gloomgloomy news
- despairing; sad
Word Origin and History for gloomy
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.