gloom
I. verb Etymology: Middle English gloumen Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to look, feel, or act sullen or despondent 2. to be or become overcast 3. to loom up dimly transitive verb to make dark, murky, or somber ; make gloomy II. noun Date: 1629 1. a. partial or total darkness b. a dark or shadowy place 2. a. lowness of spirits ; dejection b. an atmosphere of despondency <
a gloom fell over the household
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  • Gloom — may refer to:* Gloom, a melancholy, depressing or despondent atmosphere * Gloom (mod), a modification for Quake 2 * Gloom (game), a Doom clone for the Amiga computer * Gloom (Pokémon), a fictional species in the pokémon franchise * Gloom (X Men) …   Wikipedia

  • Gloom — (gl[=oo]m), n. [AS. gl[=o]m twilight, from the root of E. glow. See {Glow}, and cf. {Glum}, {Gloam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of midnight. [1913 Webster] 2. A shady,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gloom — [ glum ] noun uncount * 1. ) darkness in which it is difficult to see clearly: Harry peered into the gathering gloom. 2. ) the feeling of having no hope: a time of high unemployment and economic gloom gloom over/about: There is general gloom… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gloom — [glu:m] n [singular, U] 1.) literary almost complete darkness ▪ He peered into the gathering (=increasing) gloom. 2.) a feeling of great sadness and lack of hope ▪ a time of high unemployment and economic gloom →doom and gloom at ↑doom2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Gloom — Gloom, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gloomed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Glooming}.] 1. To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer. [1913 Webster] 2. To become dark or dim; to be or appear dismal, gloomy, or sad; to come to the evening twilight. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gloom — Gloom, v. t. 1. To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken. [1913 Webster] A bow window . . . gloomed with limes. Walpole. [1913 Webster] A black yew gloomed the stagnant air. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill with gloom; to make sad,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gloom — UK US /gluːm/ noun [U] ► feelings of worry that things are bad and will not improve: »There is widespread doom and gloom about the company s future. »The market gloom was caused by fears of recession …   Financial and business terms

  • gloom — vb lower, glower, *frown, scowl Contrasted words: *threaten, menace gloom n dejection, depression, melancholy, melancholia, *sadness, blues, dumps Analogous words: despondency, forlornness, hopelessness, despair, desperation (see under… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gloom — [n1] melancholy, depression anguish, bitterness, blue devils*, blue funk*, blues*, catatonia, chagrin, cheerlessness, dejection, desolation, despair, despondency, disconsolateness, discouragement, dismals, distress, doldrums, dolor,… …   New thesaurus

  • gloom — index damper (depressant), depression, indistinctness, obscuration, pessimism Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gloom — c.1300 as a verb, to look sullen or displeased, perhaps from Scandinavian (Cf. Norw. dialectal glome to stare somberly ). Not considered to be related to O.E. glom twilight, but perhaps to M.L.G. glum turbid, Du. gluren to leer. The noun is 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

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