gloomy Definition

  • 1dark or poorly lit, especially so as to appear depressing or frightening
  • 2sad or depressed in character or appearance

Using gloomy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "gloomy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The weather was gloomy and overcast.

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    He had a gloomy expression on his face.

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    The future looks gloomy for the company.

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    She was in a gloomy mood all day.

gloomy Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for gloomy

Idioms Using gloomy

  • to be pessimistic or negative about a situation


    She always looks on the gloomy side of things and never sees the positive.

  • gloomy Gus

    a person who is always negative or pessimistic


    Don't be such a gloomy Gus all the time. Try to see the good in things.

  • feeling sad or depressed


    She's been in a gloomy mood ever since she lost her job.

Phrases with gloomy

  • a pessimistic view of the future


    The report paints a gloomy outlook for the economy.

  • a period of silence that is depressing or uncomfortable


    After the argument, there was a gloomy silence in the room.

  • an environment that is dark, depressing, or uncomfortable


    The old house had a gloomy atmosphere that made me feel uneasy.

Origins of gloomy

from Middle English 'glomie', meaning 'dark, murky'


Summary: gloomy in Brief

The adjective 'gloomy' [ˈɡluːmi] describes something that is dark, poorly lit, and depressing, or someone who appears sad or depressed. It can refer to the weather, a person's mood, or a negative outlook on the future. Phrases like 'gloomy outlook' and idioms like 'look on the gloomy side' emphasize pessimism, while 'gloomy silence' and 'gloomy atmosphere' describe uncomfortable environments.