Definition of glum in English:



  • Looking or feeling dejected; morose:

    ‘the princess looked glum but later cheered up’
    • ‘Next time I get too cranky and glum, will someone please remind me of these words I wrote today?’
    • ‘After a minute he hung up the phone with a glum expression on his face and went back to driving meticulously.’
    • ‘I remember being glum and depressed, at first, about the new ethos of the early eighties.’
    • ‘Everyone looks very glum all the time, for no good reason, and everyone is very elongated.’
    • ‘No glum faces, no fake sincerity or hypocritical concern for those he left behind; just an excuse to celebrate the crazy fool.’
    • ‘It was not hard to notice the glum expression on her face, though he could not understand what it was that was bothering her.’
    • ‘I saw her reappear near her seat a few minutes later, looking sort of glum.’
    • ‘That was beastly uncomfortable, and made me even more glum.’
    • ‘The original Edinburgh International Festival was dreamt up as an antidote to the glum aftermath of the Second World War.’
    • ‘Many readers are probably in a glum mood this morning, what with the world trade talks at a seeming impasse.’
    • ‘There are a few glum faces after a round of job cuts.’
    • ‘I was a little glum at the thought of walking back up but it's wonderful what the promise of a farmhouse lunch can conjure up in the way of fortitude.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are so German that, going back, we think we must look the part - glum and serious and sincere.’
    • ‘She didn't want to, which was why she wore a glum expression as she examined herself.’
    • ‘The cinema trend has been the same - it looked pretty glum at times, but we've ended 2003 with a piece of cinema history.’
    • ‘What's the point in going out for a coffee if you're going to sit there all glum and miserable?’
    • ‘He's got a glum expression on his face making his lips form a straight line and his eyes frown.’
    • ‘When the three speakers heard what I said, two of them looked quite glum but the third one got up and said that he got it totally wrong.’
    • ‘Carrie is looking so glum that it's hard to believe they haven't already told her she's going.’
    gloomy, downcast, downhearted, dejected, disconsolate, dispirited, despondent, crestfallen, cast down, depressed, disappointed, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, desolate, heavy-hearted, in low spirits, low-spirited, sad, unhappy, doleful, melancholy, miserable, woebegone, mournful, forlorn, long-faced, fed up, in the doldrums, wretched, lugubrious, morose, sepulchral, saturnine, dour, mirthless
    blue, down, down in the mouth, down in the dumps
    brassed off, cheesed off, looking as if one had lost a pound and found a penny
    chap-fallen, adust
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Mid 16th century: related to dialect glum to frown, variant of gloom.