- 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
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Examples from the Web for gloominess
He was given to gloominess, and fancied that he was disposed to evil.The Fat and the Thin
Discontent, discomfort, worry, gloominess on nearly every face.Evening Round Up
William Crosbie Hunter
Louis had none of his brother's gloominess, but was perfectly radiant.Ten Years Later
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
That Edward Beverley had fits of gloominess and impatience is not surprising.The Children of the New Forest
But with all the gloominess mingles the white hawthorn blossom.The Insect
- dark or dismal
- causing depression, dejection, or gloomgloomy news
- despairing; sad
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.