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GLOOMY (gloomier, gloomiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gloomy mean? 

GLOOMY (adjective)
  The adjective GLOOMY has 5 senses:

1. characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom
2. causing dejection
3. depressingly dark
4. causing or suggestive of sorrow or gloom
5. reflecting gloom

  Familiarity information: GLOOMY used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

GLOOMY (adjective)

Sense 1gloomy [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom


gloomy; darkening; grim

Context examples:

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


hopeless (without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success)

Sense 2gloomy [BACK TO TOP]


Causing dejection


dreary; drear; dismal; depressing; disconsolate; dispiriting; gloomy; dingy; drab; sorry; grim; dark; blue

Context examples:

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


cheerless; uncheerful (lacking cheer; depressing)

Sense 3gloomy [BACK TO TOP]


Depressingly dark


gloomful; glooming; gloomy; sulky

Context examples:

the gloomy forest / the glooming interior of an old inn / 'gloomful' is archaic


dark (devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black)

Sense 4gloomy [BACK TO TOP]


Causing or suggestive of sorrow or gloom


depressive; saddening; depressing; gloomy

Context examples:

a gloomy outlook / gloomy news


sad (experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness)

Sense 5gloomy [BACK TO TOP]


Reflecting gloom


long-faced; glum; gloomy

Context example:

gloomy faces


dejected (affected or marked by low spirits)

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