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[muh-rohs] /məˈroʊs/
gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
characterized by or expressing gloom.
Origin of morose
1555-65; < Latin mōrōsus fretful, peevish, willful, equivalent to mōr- (stem of mōs) will, inclination + -ōsus -ose1
Related forms
morosely, adverb
moroseness, morosity
[muh-ros-i-tee] /məˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
supermorose, adjective
supermorosely, adverb
supermoroseness, noun
unmorose, adjective
unmorosely, adverb
unmoroseness, noun
1. moody, sour, sulky, surly. See glum.
1. cheerful. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for morosely
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  • Good Indian leaned his back against a tree, and eyed the two morosely.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • He went about morosely and snapped villainously at the boys.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • morosely he ruminated on the suppressed adjective for a moment.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • "It may be anything," uttered Jorgenson, morosely, but as it were in a mollified tone.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • "My name's not Daddleskink," the Tyro informed him morosely.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • "Then I don't see that there's anything to be done," said Sam, morosely.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • "Dummy practice is a good thing," answered Williams morosely.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "No one is to blame for his madness," replied Reznikov, morosely.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • He said morosely that he had heard that joke on his stature a few times before.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
British Dictionary definitions for morosely


ill-tempered or gloomy
Derived Forms
morosely, adverb
moroseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mōrōsus peevish, capricious, from mōs custom, will, caprice
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Word Origin and History for morosely

1650s, from morose + -ly (2).



1530s "gloomy," from Latin morosus "morose, peevish, hypercritical, fastidious," from mos (genitive moris) "habit, custom" (see moral (adj.)). In English, manners by itself means "(good) manners," but here the implication in Latin is "(bad) manners." Related: Morosity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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