morose

[ muh-rohs ]
/ məˈroʊs /

adjective

gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
characterized by or expressing gloom.

Nearby words

  1. moroni,
  2. moronic,
  3. moronity,
  4. moror,
  5. moros,
  6. morosely,
  7. moroseness,
  8. morosity,
  9. morpeth,
  10. morph

Origin of morose

1555–65; < Latin mōrōsus fretful, peevish, willful, equivalent to mōr- (stem of mōs) will, inclination + -ōsus -ose1

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British Dictionary definitions for morose

morose

/ (məˈrəʊs) /

adjective

ill-tempered or gloomy
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

morose

adj.

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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