- 1Partial or total darkness: he strained his eyes peering into the gloomMore example sentences
- The candles had burnt away to waxy stumps and the battery in one of the lamps had died through the night leaving her side sunk into darkness and gloom.
- I was working by the sunlight while the rest of the room was enshrouded in darkness and gloom.
- Something about the gloom and the darkness appealed to me, probably the same reason I loved horror movies.
- 1.1 [count noun] • literary A dark or shady place: the meadow-hen floats off, to sink into remoter shades and ferny gloomsMore example sentences
- Blacks, whites, shadows, glooms, and cobwebs are also used with formidable effect in the Satis House scenes in Great Expectations.
- He rode in a gloom full of sighing like voices and full of dropping like footsteps.
- His ingenious lighting did much to make the most of the subtle settings, some of which poured strange light into Stygian glooms.
- 2A state of depression or despondency: a year of economic gloom for the car industry his gloom deepenedMore example sentences
despondency, depression, dejection, downheartedness, dispiritedness, heavy-heartedness, melancholy, melancholia, unhappiness, sadness, glumness, gloominess, low spirits, dolefulness, misery, sorrow, sorrowfulness, forlornness, woefulness, woe, wretchedness, lugubriousness, moroseness, mirthlessness, cheerlessness; despair, pessimism, hopelessness, the slough of despond, negativity; German Weltschmerz• informal the blues, the dumpsNorth American • informal the blahs• rare mopery
- The first of these seems to have caused a sense of gloom, despondency and weary hopelessness to descend on the author as he sat down to put his book together.
- Though a settler-farmer not dependent entirely on farm income for a living, even I am not able to escape this feeling of gloom and depression.
- This is not someone who views the way ahead with gloom and despondency.
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- 1 • literary Have a dark or sombre appearance: the black gibbet glooms beside the wayMore example sentences
- Lucia looked outside and saw grey smoldered clouds glooming over her house, the redness of dawn shined behind its gloomy mask.
- Pretty soon, she was deep into her daydreams and didn't realize the peeved teacher glooming over her desk.
- He got to the end and stopped; a deadly silence gloomed.
- 2Be or look depressed or despondent: Charles was always glooming about moneyMore example sentences
- Of course they have every right to celebrate, after glooming for so long and not knowing what's going to happen, this serves as their first big break.
- Light and dark, the sun and the moon - don't let these dualities lead you to gloom.
- But sometimes, even how happy your day was there would come an instance where the sun would hide and we feel gloomed.
gloom and doom
- see doom.
late Middle English (as a verb): of unknown origin.