Definition of morose in English:



  • Sullen and ill-tempered.

    ‘she was morose and silent when she got home’
    • ‘And yet, you feel, he is unhappy with the popular image of him as a morose and stern man.’
    • ‘His lyrics have grown less morose and more philosophical, and he sings them with newfound expressiveness.’
    • ‘Have years of negative hype made him weary and morose?’
    • ‘I got fed up with people in America thinking that my music is morose and depressing and all that.’
    • ‘But each time, the spells of euphoria passed as quickly as they came and he would be morose.’
    • ‘But to be honest, they all look the same to me, conceited and morose.’
    • ‘A morose mood of deep melancholy has descended upon me this afternoon.’
    • ‘Last night I spent relaxing on the couch and trying to shake off my morose mood, and I think it worked.’
    • ‘Just what's needed when everybody is feeling morose and downhearted about the economic situation.’
    • ‘He stood on his own, looking morose as usual.’
    • ‘He became morose and silent.’
    • ‘And one day I might get as morose as him, and might need someone to irritate.’
    • ‘An irritated glare adorned his otherwise striking face, dark and morose and very, very angry.’
    • ‘Except there is a very sour, very morose and desperate essence in his interpretation.’
    • ‘In the latter days he appeared morose and worried.’
    • ‘Then, feeling a bit morose and at a loose end, I headed for the bar.’
    • ‘His morose delivery makes you uncertain whether you are supposed to laugh or cry.’
    • ‘He had a beautiful singing voice and a sharp sense of humour, but was also a morose weekend drunk.’
    • ‘All are female - apart from me, and a morose younger man with cropped hair.’
    • ‘He sensed she was feeling very morose today, and he was sure that the fact that her mother was coming back wasn't all that there was to it.’
    sullen, sulky, gloomy, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, in a bad mood, dour, surly, sour, glum, moody, unsmiling, humourless, uncommunicative, taciturn, unresponsive, unsociable, scowling, glowering, ill-humoured, sombre, sober, saturnine, pessimistic, lugubrious, eeyorish, mournful, melancholy, melancholic, doleful, miserable, dismal, depressed, dejected, despondent, downcast, unhappy, low-spirited, in low spirits, low, with a long face, blue, down, fed up, grumpy, irritable, churlish, cantankerous, crotchety, cross, crabbed, crabby, grouchy, testy, snappish, peevish, crusty, waspish
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Mid 16th century: from Latin morosus ‘peevish’, from mos, mor- ‘manner’.