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gloom

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noun

verb (used without object)

to appear or become dark, dim, or somber.
to look sad, dismal, or dejected; frown.

verb (used with object)

to fill with gloom; make gloomy or sad; sadden.
to make dark or somber.

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Origin of gloom

1300–50; Middle English gloumben,glomen to frown, perhaps representing Old English *glūmian (akin to early German gläumen to make turbid); see glum

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British Dictionary definitions for gloom

gloom
/ (ɡluːm) /

noun

partial or total darkness
a state of depression or melancholy
an appearance or expression of despondency or melancholy
poetic a dim or dark place

verb

(intr) to look sullen or depressed
to make or become dark or gloomy

Derived forms of gloom

gloomful, adjectivegloomfully, adverbgloomless, adjective

Word Origin for gloom

C14 gloumben to look sullen; related to Norwegian dialect glome to eye suspiciously
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