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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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Historical Examples

  • His temper was of the saturnine complexion, and without the least taint of moroseness.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1

    Henry Fielding

  • Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He would lose his moroseness and give his undivided attention to her.

  • It did not amount to moroseness; he was preoccupied, and his mind abstracted.


    Richard Short

  • May wondered whether his reticence was due to modesty or to moroseness.

    A Venetian June

    Anna Fuller

British Dictionary definitions for moroseness


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

Word Origin

C16: from Latin mōrōsus peevish, capricious, from mōs custom, will, caprice
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Word Origin and History for moroseness


1660s, from morose + -ness. Earlier in the same sense was morosity (1530s), from Middle French morosité, from Latin morositas.

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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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