Gloom Definition

glo͝om
glooms
noun
glooms
Darkness; dimness; obscurity.
Webster's New World
A dark or dim place.
Webster's New World
An atmosphere of melancholy or depression.
Gloom pervaded the office.
American Heritage
Deep sadness or hopelessness.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary
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verb
glooms
To be or look morose, displeased, or dejected.
Webster's New World
To be, become, or appear dark, dim, or dismal.
Webster's New World
To feel, appear, or act despondent, sad, or mournful.
American Heritage
To make dark, dismal, dejected, etc.
Webster's New World
To make despondent; sadden.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Gloom

Noun

Singular:
gloom
Plural:
glooms

Origin of Gloom

  • From Middle English *gloom, *glom, from Old English glōm (“gloaming, twilight, darkness”), from Proto-Germanic *glōmaz (“gleam, shimmer, sheen”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰel- (“to gleam, shimmer, glow”). Cognate with Norwegian glom (“transparent membrane”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from Middle English gloumen to become dark, look glum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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