- the blues; melancholy (usually preceded by the).
Origin of glooms
- total or partial darkness; dimness.
- a state of melancholy or depression; low spirits.
- a despondent or depressed look or expression.
- to appear or become dark, dim, or somber.
- to look sad, dismal, or dejected; frown.
- to fill with gloom; make gloomy or sad; sadden.
- to make dark or somber.
Origin of gloom
Synonyms for gloom
Antonyms for gloom
Related Words for gloomsdoldrums, malaise, foreboding, sorrow, pessimism, bitterness, weariness, grief, sadness, despair, misery, woe, discouragement, anguish, horror, shadow, cloud, distress, blues, unhappiness
Examples from the Web for glooms
Historical Examples of glooms
In the glooms and lights outside Shima was standing, and two messengers.The Coast of Chance
The glooms of the gigantic forest, spreading back to unexplored and unimagined depth, added to the sublimity of the scene.
I love Christ's glooms better than the world's worm-eaten joys.Letters of Samuel Rutherford
Of course it is part of her character that her destiny should point to the glooms.Theodore Watts-Dunton
Physically and intellectually he looms and glooms and towers.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches
Henry A. Castle
- partial or total darkness
- a state of depression or melancholy
- an appearance or expression of despondency or melancholy
- poetic a dim or dark place
- (intr) to look sullen or depressed
- to make or become dark or gloomy
Word Origin for gloom
c.1300 as a verb, "to look sullen or displeased," perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian dialectal glome "to stare somberly"). Not considered to be related to Old English glom "twilight," but perhaps to Middle Low German glum "turbid," Dutch gluren "to leer." The noun is 1590s in Scottish, "sullen look," from the verb. Sense of "darkness, obscurity" is first recorded 1629 in Milton's poetry; that of "melancholy" is 1744 (gloomy in this sense is attested from 1580s).