[ gloo-mee ]
/ ˈglu mi /

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.

Nearby words

  1. glomus jugulare tumor,
  2. glomus tumor,
  3. gloom,
  4. gloom and doom,
  5. glooms,
  6. gloop,
  7. glooscap,
  8. glop,
  9. gloppy,
  10. gloria

Origin of gloomy

First recorded in 1580–90; gloom + -y1

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See dark. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gloominess


/ (ˈɡluːmɪ) /

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 gloominess



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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