[ muh-rohs ]
/ məˈroʊs /


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

Words nearby morose

Origin of morose

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



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Examples from the Web for morosity

  • There was a touch of morosity about the late Rector of Lincoln which led him to take gloomy views of men, particularly Oxford men.

    Obiter Dicta|Augustine Birrell
  • Algy's morosity has returned tenfold, and he is performing the evolution familiarly known as "pulling your nose to vex your face."

    Nancy|Rhoda Broughton
  • It is his turn now, and his morosity is exchanged for an equally uncomfortable hilarity.

    Nancy|Rhoda Broughton
  • Let no one be affrighted or turned away from the life of virtue and religion by your gloom and morosity.

    Santa Teresa|Alexander Whyte

British Dictionary definitions for morosity

/ (məˈrəʊs) /


ill-tempered or gloomy

Derived forms of morose

morosely, adverbmoroseness, noun

Word Origin for morose

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