An example of glum used as an adjective is in the phrase "a glum expression," which means a sad expression.
Origin of glumprobably from Middle English glomen, variant, variety of gloum(b)en: see gloom
- Moody and melancholy; dejected.
- Gloomy; dismal.
- The quality or state of being moody, melancholy, and gloomy or an instance of it: “He was a charming mixture of glum and glee” ( Lillian Hellman )
- glums Chiefly British The blues. Often used with the: “Most other publications have got the glums” ( Tina Brown )
Origin of glumProbably akin to Middle English gloumen to become dark ; see gloom .
(third-person singular simple present glums, present participle glumming, simple past and past participle glummed)
- (obsolete) sullenness