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  1. gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
  2. characterized by or expressing gloom.
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Origin of morose

1555–65; < Latin mōrōsus fretful, peevish, willful, equivalent to mōr- (stem of mōs) will, inclination + -ōsus -ose1
Related formsmo·rose·ly, adverbmo·rose·ness, mo·ros·i·ty [muh-ros-i-tee] /məˈrɒs ɪ ti/, nounsu·per·mo·rose, adjectivesu·per·mo·rose·ly, adverbsu·per·mo·rose·ness, nounun·mo·rose, adjectiveun·mo·rose·ly, adverbun·mo·rose·ness, noun

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1. moody, sour, sulky, surly. See glum.

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Related Words for morose

melancholy, sullen, grouchy, testy, cranky, dour, sad, ugly, gloomy, glum, surly, mournful, acrimonious, blue, brusque, cantankerous, choleric, churlish, crabby, cross

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British Dictionary definitions for morose


  1. ill-tempered or gloomy
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Derived Formsmorosely, adverbmoroseness, noun

Word Origin for morose

C16: from Latin mōrōsus peevish, capricious, from mōs custom, will, caprice
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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.

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