- sullenly or silently gloomy; dejected.
Origin of glum
1425–75; late Middle English; variant of gloom
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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
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
Her own nickering complaints of Norah's "glumness" sank into dumb anxiety.Life at High Tide
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.The Trial of Callista Blake
- silent or sullen, as from gloom
C16: variant of gloom
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Word Origin and History for glumness
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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