Glum meaning

glŭm
The quality or state of being moody, melancholy, and gloomy or an instance of it.
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Gloomy; dismal.
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Moody and melancholy; dejected.
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(chiefly british) The blues. Often used with the:
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The definition of glum is being or looking gloomy or sad.

An example of glum used as an adjective is in the phrase "a glum expression," which means a sad expression.

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(obsolete) To look sullen; to be of a sour countenance; to be glum.

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(obsolete) Sullenness.

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Feeling or looking gloomy, sullen, or morose.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
glum
Comparative
glummest
Superlative
glummest

Origin of glum

  • Probably akin to Middle English gloumen to become dark gloom

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

  • From Middle English glomen, glommen, glomben, gloumben (“to frown, look sullen”), from *glom (“gloom”). More at gloom.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from Middle Low German glum (“glum”), related to German dialectal glumm (“gloomy, troubled, turbid”). More at gloomy.

    From Wiktionary