Definition of ominous in English:

ominous

adjective

  • Giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious.

    ‘there were ominous dark clouds gathering overhead’
    • ‘The figure frightened her, an ominous thing of black with pointed ears and dark green skin.’
    • ‘His dark, ominous eyes bore testament to the fact that he was dangerous.’
    • ‘Silent gulls on the wing are ominous, somehow, and not a little threatening.’
    • ‘The storm is just about to break, there's an ominous black cloud over Sheffield.’
    • ‘There are no silver linings in these clouds, only ominous sounds of rumbling thunder.’
    • ‘A forest lies to the south, darker and more ominous, but just as green and full of life.’
    • ‘Western explorers construed the presence of wolves as an ominous portent.’
    • ‘Then my name was called and I made my way quickly up the steps and onto the ominous black stage.’
    • ‘The sun had begun to set, making the sky and clouds a strangely ominous pinkish hue.’
    • ‘Not only are they threatened by the ominous arrival, they have no idea who he is, or what he shall look like.’
    • ‘On this perspective, the week from hell was less a passing squall than an ominous darkening of the clouds.’
    • ‘An ominous little black pig fills a corner in The Maids, a premonition of the murders to come.’
    • ‘No more rain, a slight breeze now and again, but the sky remains dark and ominous.’
    • ‘Next morning Ian wakes up to discover his leg has turned an ominous shade of black.’
    • ‘There was a flash of sudden pain before the blue sky turned an ominous dark black.’
    • ‘In recent times however, the label could be associated with an even more ominous threat.’
    • ‘Outside, dark, ominous thunder clouds gathered as rain began to pelt down on top of her car.’
    • ‘She looked away, to the dark and ominous wall hangings, feeling useless and sick.’
    • ‘The sun had long since risen, not that you could tell it from the ominous clouds outside.’
    • ‘Her eyes became dark and ominous as she said this and the clouds began to gather in the once bright blue sky.’
    threatening, menacing, baleful, forbidding, sinister, doomy, inauspicious, unpropitious, portentous, unfavourable, dire, unpromising
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin ominosus, from omen, omin- ‘omen’.

Pronunciation

ominous

/ˈämənəs//ˈɑmənəs/