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 gloominess

Historical Examples of gloominess

  • He was given to gloominess, and fancied that he was disposed to evil.

  • 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.

  • But with all the gloominess mingles the white hawthorn blossom.

    The Insect

    Jules Michelet

British Dictionary definitions for gloominess


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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