Definition of gloomy in English:



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

    ‘a gloomy corridor’
    • ‘The room didn't appear gloomy or depressing, but it still had this certain aura of darkness wrapped around it.’
    • ‘They then scurried into the shadows provided in a dark and gloomy alley.’
    • ‘He never noticed it before, but the door was dark and gloomy.’
    • ‘Gradually he became an outcast, and on a dark gloomy day, he took a vow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I believe it is still up there because otherwise it would be pitch dark instead of just gloomy.’
    • ‘We explored lots of gloomy, wet and dark alleys.’
    • ‘The sea is sparkling, the drowned city is dark, and gloomy.’
    • ‘This morning, there has been no rain, but the sky still looks dark and gloomy.’
    • ‘If by now you imagine yourself spending your day in dark, gloomy caves, staring at bones, you can forget about it.’
    • ‘This used to be a dark, gloomy platform with peeling paint on the walls and a grimy low ceiling.’
    • ‘Hesitating she stepped into the gloomy dark, dank hall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our school is still fantastic inside but from the outside, with its boarded up windows, it appears gloomy, horrible and derelict.’
    • ‘She thought of Mae to grant her some more confidence, as she approached the last door in the dark and gloomy corridor.’
    • ‘The supernatural thriller takes place in the gloomy, dark dismal backwoods outside New Orleans.’
    • ‘Gone forever was the dark and gloomy look, to say nothing of slippery floors and stuffy odours.’
    • ‘The limo windows were tinted, making it appear dark and gloomy outside.’
    dark, ill-lit, poorly lit, shadowy, sunless, dim, sombre, dingy, frowzy, drab, dismal, dreary, murky, depressing, unwelcoming, uninviting, cheerless, joyless, comfortless, funereal
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    1. 1.1 Feeling distressed or pessimistic.
      ‘I am by no means gloomy about the prospects for domestic industry’
      • ‘‘Don't look so gloomy, Sean,’ he said.’
      • ‘Realising that the landscape was making her feel gloomier, she drew back the curtain and stood back.’
      • ‘She feels so gloomy, yet she did not know why?’
      • ‘His films have become increasingly gloomy and pessimistic, even morbidly so.’
      • ‘He couldn't understand why he was feeling so gloomy today.’
      • ‘Those fearing a rise have tended to be dismissed by the government's supporters as pessimists with too gloomy a view on the economy.’
      • ‘And some of our guests were in a pretty gloomy mood.’
      • ‘So many people are pessimistic right now that the chances seem so gloomy.’
      • ‘Another day and another record broken by the Japanese economy, fuelling those pessimists who are increasingly gloomy about the world economy.’
      • ‘I was in quite a gloomy state, after a potential marriage prospect fell through.’
      • ‘She's the one who always bring everyone down in a gloomy mood.’
      • ‘He could sense her gloomy mood, but knew better than to question her.’
      • ‘And then it came to him: that was why he was feeling gloomy.’
      • ‘Early reviews that helped shape this gloomy evaluation may have been overly pessimistic in their conclusions.’
      • ‘It was a pivotal moment in his presidency, making him seem pessimistic and gloomy in an un-American fashion.’
      • ‘One can only hope that such a gloomy view is unduly pessimistic.’
      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
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    2. 1.2 Causing distress or depression.
      ‘a gloomy atmosphere’