Definition of gloomy in English:

gloomy

adjective

  • 1Dark or poorly lit, especially so as to appear depressing or frightening.

    ‘a gloomy corridor badly lit by oil lamps’
    • ‘This morning, there has been no rain, but the sky still looks dark and gloomy.’
    • ‘Our school is still fantastic inside but from the outside, with its boarded up windows, it appears gloomy, horrible and derelict.’
    • ‘Gradually he became an outcast, and on a dark gloomy day, he took a vow.’
    • ‘The supernatural thriller takes place in the gloomy, dark dismal backwoods outside New Orleans.’
    • ‘We explored lots of gloomy, wet and dark alleys.’
    • ‘If by now you imagine yourself spending your day in dark, gloomy caves, staring at bones, you can forget about it.’
    • ‘He never noticed it before, but the door was dark and gloomy.’
    • ‘The room didn't appear gloomy or depressing, but it still had this certain aura of darkness wrapped around it.’
    • ‘I believe it is still up there because otherwise it would be pitch dark instead of just gloomy.’
    • ‘They then scurried into the shadows provided in a dark and gloomy alley.’
    • ‘Hesitating she stepped into the gloomy dark, dank hall.’
    • ‘The dark and gloomy colours of the works contrast with the whiteness of the hall's interior.’
    • ‘Or you might want to follow the route, looking for phantoms on a suitably dark and gloomy night.’
    • ‘She thought of Mae to grant her some more confidence, as she approached the last door in the dark and gloomy corridor.’
    • ‘The limo windows were tinted, making it appear dark and gloomy outside.’
    • ‘Gone forever was the dark and gloomy look, to say nothing of slippery floors and stuffy odours.’
    • ‘The sea is sparkling, the drowned city is dark, and gloomy.’
    • ‘This used to be a dark, gloomy platform with peeling paint on the walls and a grimy low ceiling.’
    • ‘There was no light on up there, and it was very dark and gloomy.’
    • ‘For instance when its dark and gloomy you miss the sunshine so it depresses you.’
    dark, ill-lit, poorly lit, shadowy, sunless, dim, sombre, dingy, frowzy, drab, dismal, dreary, murky, depressing, unwelcoming, uninviting, cheerless, joyless, comfortless, funereal
    View synonyms
  • 2Causing or feeling depression or despondency.

    ‘gloomy forecasts about the economy’
    • ‘The concrete was moist and cold, and the atmosphere was cold and gloomy.’
    • ‘The joyful ones also tend to draw more friends, who would rather bathe in the sunshine of happiness than to be cast down into a gloomy depression.’
    • ‘When I turned on the radio it was to be told that, contrary to yesterday's gloomy forecast, the weather is to become mild again for the days running up to Christmas.’
    • ‘A man is sometimes despondent from disappointment, is gloomy, and has no courage to work.’
    • ‘The gloomy atmosphere of the church radiated around the pedestal.’
    • ‘With companies planning to shed jobs it adds up to the prospect of a gloomy winter.’
    • ‘The atmosphere during those closing moments was gloomy, depressing and discouraging.’
    • ‘So it is with the man himself: an essential sweetness of nature pickled in a brine of gloomy despondency.’
    • ‘The gloomy forecast will come as a blow to the struggling industry, which was only just beginning to recover from the effects of the foot and mouth crisis earlier this year.’
    • ‘Like other hardware and chip makers, the company said it saw no turnaround in its fortunes and gave a gloomy forecast of falling computer sales.’
    • ‘Yet fewer still are - in private - able to hide their sense of gloomy despondency.’
    • ‘It cast a gloomy atmosphere around the station, which did not enhance her mood.’
    • ‘There was hardly a light in the place; the dimness set a gloomy atmosphere in the office.’
    • ‘The gloomy prospect of unemployment and poverty, of insecurity and war is frightening us.’
    • ‘The album maintains a gloomy atmosphere, but the feeling modulates.’
    • ‘They say it is too gloomy, too dark, not a happy subject.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, the gloomy atmosphere of the time stop disappeared.’
    • ‘It wasn't only the threat of war and the worsening economic outlook that contributed to the gloomy atmosphere.’
    • ‘Lauren dreaded walking inside again; the gloomy atmosphere was depressing and made her miss her father even more.’
    • ‘The number of rebels was far in excess of even the most gloomy government forecast.’
    despondent, downcast, downhearted, dejected, disconsolate, dispirited, crestfallen, cast down, depressed, disappointed, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, desolate, heavy-hearted, in low spirits, low-spirited, sad, unhappy, glum, full of gloom, doleful, melancholy, miserable, woebegone, mournful, sorrowful, forlorn, long-faced, fed up, in the doldrums, subdued, wretched, lugubrious, eeyorish, morose, sepulchral, saturnine, dour, mirthless, woeful
    pessimistic, depressing, downbeat, looking on the black side, disheartening, disappointing, dispiriting, unpromising, unfavourable, bleak, bad, dark, black, sombre, melancholy, saddening, distressing, grim, cheerless, comfortless, hopeless
    View synonyms

Pronunciation

gloomy

/ˈɡluːmi/