- gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
- characterized by or expressing gloom.
Origin of morose
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Examples from the Web for morose
Test audiences found the original ending too morose and wanted to see Alex get blown away.Return of the Bunny Boiler: Fatal Attraction’s World Stage Premiere
March 26, 2014
I found the morose philosophers (Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Spengler) the most interesting.William H. Gass: How I Write
March 13, 2013
He carried with him the insecurities, foibles, and morose visions of fin de siècle Europe.How Sherlock Holmes Took on the Capitalists
December 21, 2011
Lee McQueen could see beauty in the morose and even the morbid.Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen: Lady in Red
January 19, 2011
A morose Barack Obama, believing his presidency has no meaning, wanders the White House.What If McCain and Palin Won?
December 18, 2010
But Robin didn't laugh; his eyes, morose and cynical, held her there.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
It made him morose and gloomy, a man of one idea, to be shunned.The Harbor
He was tired and morose, and a settled worry clouded his face.
Even the Terrace was dusty, and the Members rusty and morose.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
She unbound and bound him in sections, as it were; he watching her with a morose smile.Stories of a Western Town
- ill-tempered or gloomy
Word Origin and History for morose
1530s "gloomy," from Latin morosus "morose, peevish, hypercritical, fastidious," from mos (genitive moris) "habit, custom" (see moral (adj.)). In English, manners by itself means "(good) manners," but here the implication in Latin is "(bad) manners." Related: Morosity.