- Gloom is defined as darkness or a dark and gloomy place, or it is defined as a state of being depressed and in a bad mood.
- The shadows and darkness in an abandon house are an example of gloom.
- When you sit around all day in your room and cry because your boyfriend broke up with you, this is an example of gloom.
- The definition of gloom is to feel or act sad.
An example of gloom is to become very sad with the death of a friend.
- to be or look morose, displeased, or dejected
- to be, become, or appear dark, dim, or dismal
Origin of gloomfrom Middle English gloum(b)en, to look morose, probably from Scand, as in Norwegian dialect, dialectal glome, to stare somberly, akin to East Frisian glumen, to peer secretly ( from Indo-European an unverified form ?hlu- from base an unverified form ghêl- from source gleam, glow): meaning influenced, influence by Old English glom, twilight
- darkness; dimness; obscurity
- a dark or dim place
- deep sadness or hopelessness
- a. Partial or total darkness; dimness: switched on a table lamp to banish the gloom of a winter afternoon.b. A partially or totally dark place, area, or location.
- a. An atmosphere of melancholy or depression: Gloom pervaded the office.b. A state of melancholy or depression; despondency.
verbgloomed, gloom·ing, glooms
- To be or become dark, shaded, or obscure.
- To feel, appear, or act despondent, sad, or mournful.
- To make dark, shaded, or obscure.
- Archaic To make despondent; sadden.
Origin of gloomProbably from Middle English gloumen to become dark, look glum
(third-person singular simple present glooms, present participle glooming, simple past and past participle gloomed)