Definition of gloomy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlo͞omē/

adjective (gloomier, gloomiest)

1Dark or poorly lit, especially so as to appear depressing or frightening: a gloomy corridor
More example sentences
  • The limo windows were tinted, making it appear dark and gloomy outside.
  • She thought of Mae to grant her some more confidence, as she approached the last door in the dark and gloomy corridor.
  • The supernatural thriller takes place in the gloomy, dark dismal backwoods outside New Orleans.
dark, shadowy, sunless, dim, somber, dingy, dismal, dreary, murky, unwelcoming, cheerless, comfortless, funereal
literary Stygian
1.1Feeling distressed or pessimistic: I am by no means gloomy about the prospects for domestic industry
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  • It was a pivotal moment in his presidency, making him seem pessimistic and gloomy in an un-American fashion.
  • His films have become increasingly gloomy and pessimistic, even morbidly so.
  • One can only hope that such a gloomy view is unduly pessimistic.
despondent, downcast, downhearted, dejected, dispirited, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, crestfallen;
depressed, desolate, low, sad, unhappy, glum, melancholy, miserable, woebegone, mournful, forlorn, morose
informal blue, down in/at the mouth, down in the dumps
literary dolorous
pessimistic, depressing, downbeat, disheartening, disappointing;
unfavorable, bleak, bad, black, somber, grim, cheerless, hopeless
1.2Causing distress or depression: a gloomy atmosphere



Pronunciation: /ˈɡlo͞oməlē/
Example sentences
  • And once it had become clear that her every question about my school would be answered gloomily, she stopped asking.
  • Publishers mutter gloomily that while there are a huge number of children's books out there, there hasn't actually been a rise in the number of authors selling books.
  • So how disappointing, how gloomily predictable, that the proposed new footbridge is being greeted with the usual grumbling hostility.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡlo͞omēnəs/
Example sentences
  • It's easy to make a movie that looks dark without having any darkness to it, but this is a film with a core gloominess and sadness and danger that feels real.
  • These past days I had felt fine - despite the gloominess and pessimism - and hadn't felt sorry for anyone but myself.
  • Aerobic exercise can ease the gloominess of depression and the tension associated with anxiety.

Words that rhyme with gloomy

fumy, plumy, rheumy, roomie, roomy, spumy

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Syllabification: gloom·y

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