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glum

[gluhm] /glʌm/
adjective, glummer, glummest.
1.
sullenly or silently gloomy; dejected.
Origin of glum
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; variant of gloom
Related forms
glumly, adverb
glumness, noun
Synonyms
moody, sulky; despondent, melancholy. Glum, morose, sullen, dour, surly all are adjectives describing a gloomy, unsociable attitude. Glum describes a depressed, spiritless condition or manner, usually temporary rather than habitual: a glum shrug of the shoulders; a glum, hopeless look in his eye. Morose, which adds to glum a sense of bitterness, implies a habitual and pervasive gloominess: a sour, morose manner; morose withdrawal from human contact. Sullen usually implies reluctance or refusal to speak accompanied by glowering looks expressing anger or a sense of injury: a sullen manner, silence, look. Dour refers to a stern and forbidding aspect, stony and unresponsive: dour rejection of friendly overtures. Surly implies gruffness of speech and manner, usually accompanied by an air of injury and ill temper: a surly reply.
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Examples from the Web for glumness
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  • It was a random shot, but it told against Bernique's glumness.

    Sally of Missouri

    R. E. Young
  • The glumness had gone from his face, and when he saw me he signed for me to stoop down.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
  • Her own nickering complaints of Norah's "glumness" sank into dumb anxiety.

  • Yates, in sorrowful tones said that her glumness was caused by her thoughts.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
  • The foreman Peter Anson fidgeted irritably, and settled into a glumness.

  • He walked slowly to his club, where a friend joked him on his glumness.

    Lin McLean Owen Wister
  • But 'twas not the quiet of glumness that enveloped them, for they showed in every step an elasticity of spirits, as of muscles.

  • There is perhaps no more general weakness in the average American family than glumness!

  • All this sounded so much like business, that Mona sat up, all her glumness falling from her.

    The Making of Mona Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • If the corners of the mouth are allowed to droop the glumness and depression is likely to grow deeper.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for glumness

glum

/ɡlʌm/
adjective glummer, glummest
1.
silent or sullen, as from gloom
Derived Forms
glumly, adverb
glumness, noun
Word Origin
C16: variant of gloom
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Word Origin and History for glumness

glum

adj.

1540s, "sullen, frowning," from Middle English gloumen (v.) "become dark" (c.1300), later gloumben "look gloomy or sullen" (late 14c.); see gloom. Related: Glumly; glumness.

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