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gloomy

[gloo-mee]
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adjective, gloom·i·er, gloom·i·est.
  1. dark or dim; deeply shaded: gloomy skies.
  2. causing gloom; dismal or depressing: a gloomy prospect.
  3. filled with or showing gloom; sad, dejected, or melancholy.
  4. hopeless or despairing; pessimistic: a gloomy view of the future.
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Origin of gloomy

First recorded in 1580–90; gloom + -y1
Related formsgloom·i·ly, adverbgloom·i·ness, nouno·ver·gloom·i·ly, adverbo·ver·gloom·i·ness, nouno·ver·gloom·y, adjectiveun·gloom·i·ly, adverbun·gloom·y, adjective

Synonyms for gloomy

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Synonym study

1. See dark.

Antonyms for gloomy

3. happy.
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Examples from the Web for gloomily

Historical Examples of gloomily

  • "My harness is yours by the law of arms," said the Spaniard, gloomily.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "Yes; I'd give a good deal if I could walk as well as he can," said Chip, gloomily.

  • He broke a roll and munched it gloomily, pondering this revelation.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Settlers, gloomily acquiescent in an unjust fate, brightened at his heralding.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • "He's a dandy if he catches Baumberger," Miss Georgie averred, gloomily.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for gloomily

gloomy

adjective gloomier or gloomiest
  1. dark or dismal
  2. causing depression, dejection, or gloomgloomy news
  3. despairing; sad
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Derived Formsgloomily, adverbgloominess, noun
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Word Origin and History for gloomily

gloomy

adj.

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.

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