Definition of glum in English:

Share this entry

glum

Pronunciation: /ɡləm/

adjective (glummer, glummest)

Looking or feeling dejected; morose: they looked glum but later cheered up
More example sentences
  • What's the point in going out for a coffee if you're going to sit there all glum and miserable?
  • He made a concerted effort to smile his way out of his understandably glum expression while I tried to say what I wanted to say in the right kind of way.
  • After a minute he hung up the phone with a glum expression on his face and went back to driving meticulously.
Synonyms

Derivatives

glumly

Pronunciation: /ˈɡləmlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Becky, the eldest, was staring glumly at her latest present.
  • He plays with his Caesar salad, glumly spearing croutons or else sweeping one of those supremely talented hands through his heavy flick of a fringe.
  • ‘Now all we have to do is find out way back out to the motorway again,’ Graham said, just a little glumly.

glumness

Pronunciation: /ˈɡləmnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • The findings of this study show a worrying trend towards glumness.
  • There's relief in his voice, but glumness too, a result of his sudden homelessness and the loss of many of his belongings - clothes, furniture, even musical instruments.
  • There are plenty of hackneyed truisms about ill-winds, silver-linings and darkness-before-dawns that can be tossed into the glumness.

Origin

Mid 16th century: related to dialect glum 'to frown', variant of gloom.

Words that rhyme with glum

become, benumb, Brum, bum, chum, crumb, drum, gum, ho-hum, hum, Kara Kum, lum, mum, numb, plum, plumb, Rhum, rhumb, rum, scrum, scum, slum, some, strum, stum, succumb, sum, swum, thrum, thumb, tum, yum-yum

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: glum

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.