Definition of glum in English:

glum

adjective

  • Looking or feeling dejected; morose.

    ‘they looked glum but later cheered up’
    • ‘It was not hard to notice the glum expression on her face, though he could not understand what it was that was bothering her.’
    • ‘After a minute he hung up the phone with a glum expression on his face and went back to driving meticulously.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The original Edinburgh International Festival was dreamt up as an antidote to the glum aftermath of the Second World War.’
    • ‘Everyone looks very glum all the time, for no good reason, and everyone is very elongated.’
    • ‘The cinema trend has been the same - it looked pretty glum at times, but we've ended 2003 with a piece of cinema history.’
    • ‘That was beastly uncomfortable, and made me even more glum.’
    • ‘We are so German that, going back, we think we must look the part - glum and serious and sincere.’
    • ‘Carrie is looking so glum that it's hard to believe they haven't already told her she's going.’
    • ‘There are a few glum faces after a round of job cuts.’
    • ‘What's the point in going out for a coffee if you're going to sit there all glum and miserable?’
    • ‘Many readers are probably in a glum mood this morning, what with the world trade talks at a seeming impasse.’
    • ‘I saw her reappear near her seat a few minutes later, looking sort of glum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No glum faces, no fake sincerity or hypocritical concern for those he left behind; just an excuse to celebrate the crazy fool.’
    • ‘Next time I get too cranky and glum, will someone please remind me of these words I wrote today?’
    • ‘He's got a glum expression on his face making his lips form a straight line and his eyes frown.’
    • ‘I remember being glum and depressed, at first, about the new ethos of the early eighties.’
    • ‘She didn't want to, which was why she wore a glum expression as she examined herself.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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Origin

Mid 16th century: related to dialect glum ‘to frown’, variant of gloom.

Pronunciation

glum

/ɡləm//ɡləm/