AskDefine | Define gloomy

Dictionary Definition

gloomy adj
1 characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom; "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face"; "gloomy predictions"; "a gloomy silence"; "took a grim view of the economy"; "the darkening mood" [syn: grim, darkening]
2 depressing in character or appearance; "drove through dingy streets"; "the dismal prison twilight"- Charles Dickens; "drab old buildings"; "a dreary mining town"; "gloomy tenements"; "sorry routine that follows on the heels of death"- B.A.Williams [syn: dingy, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, sorry]
3 depressingly dark; "the gloomy forest"; "the glooming interior of an old inn"; "`gloomful' is archaic" [syn: glooming, gloomful]
4 causing or suggestive of sorrow or gloom; "a gloomy outlook"; "gloomy news" [syn: depressing, depressive, saddening]
5 reflecting gloom; "gloomy faces" [syn: glum, long-faced]
6 causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather" [syn: blue, dark, depressing, disconsolate, dismal, dispiriting, grim] [also: gloomiest, gloomier]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈglumi/
  • /"glumi/

Etymology

Adjective

  1. Imperfectly illuminated; dismal through obscurity or darkness; dusky; dim; clouded.
    The cavern was gloomy.
  2. Affected with, or expressing, gloom; melancholy; dejected.
    a gloomy temper or countenance

Translations

imperfectly illuminated
affected with, or expressing, gloom; melancholy

Extensive Definition

Gloomy can refer to:
  • gloom, a melancholy, depressing or despondent atmosphere

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Acheronian, Acherontic, Cassandra-like, Cassandran, Cassandrian, Cimmerian, Stygian, acheronian, acherontic, apocalyptic, bad, baleful, baneful, black, bleak, blue, bodeful, boding, caliginous, castellatus, cheerless, cirrose, cirrous, cloud-flecked, clouded, cloudy, cold, crabbed, crestfallen, cumuliform, cumulous, cynical, dark, dark and gloomy, defeatist, dejected, depressant, depressed, depressing, depressive, desolate, despairing, despondent, dim, dire, dirty, disconsolate, discouraging, disheartening, dismal, dispirited, dispiriting, distressed, doleful, doomful, dour, down, downbeat, downcast, downhearted, drab, drear, drearisome, dreary, dull, dun, dusky, evil, evil-starred, fateful, foreboding, forlorn, funebrial, funereal, gloomful, glooming, glum, grave, gray, grim, heavy, ill, ill-boding, ill-fated, ill-lighted, ill-lit, ill-omened, ill-starred, in the doldrums, inauspicious, inky, joyless, lenticularis, lowering, lugubrious, mammatus, melancholy, menacing, mirthless, miserable, moody, morose, murky, muzzy, nebulous, negative, negativistic, nihilistic, nimbose, nubilous, obscure, of evil portent, ominous, oppressed, oppressive, overcast, overclouded, pessimist, pessimistic, portending, portentous, sad, saturnine, shaded, shadowy, shady, sinister, solemn, somber, sombrous, sorrowful, squally, stormy, stratiform, stratous, sulky, sullen, surly, tenebrous, threatening, thunderheaded, triste, ugly, uncheerful, unfavorable, unfortunate, unhappy, unilluminated, unlucky, unpromising, unpropitious, untoward, weariful, wearisome, weary, woebegone
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