adjective, gloom·i·er, gloom·i·est.

dark or dim; deeply shaded: gloomy skies.
causing gloom; dismal or depressing: a gloomy prospect.
filled with or showing gloom; sad, dejected, or melancholy.
hopeless or despairing; pessimistic: a gloomy view of the future.

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

Synonym study

1. See dark.

Antonyms for gloomy

3. happy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


adjective gloomier or gloomiest

dark or dismal
causing depression, dejection, or gloomgloomy news
despairing; sad
Derived Formsgloomily, adverbgloominess, noun
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Word Origin and History for gloomily



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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