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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a bleak/gloomy/grim picture (=giving the impression that something is or will be bad)
▪ The report paints a bleak picture of the economy.
a dire/gloomy prediction (=saying that something bad will happen)
▪ There have been some gloomy predictions about the economy recently.
▪ Many Britons face the grim prospect of having their home repossessed.
paint a grim/rosy/gloomy picture of sb/sth
▪ Dickens painted a grim picture of Victorian life.
pessimistic/gloomy (=expecting bad things to happen)
▪ Scientists have produced a gloomy forecast on the effects of global warming.
▪ It is perhaps important to redress the rather gloomy tone which has crept into this section, by making two points.
▪ By the time the group reached Brescia, the clouds had descended again, and the factory was rather gloomy inside.
▪ All of this seems to have painted a rather gloomy picture.
▪ Using a historical analysis, Nehring and Van lest provide a rather gloomy set of forecasts.
▪ The boy Jack - it was John in those days - was born into an uncertain and rather gloomy world.
▪ This rather gloomy picture of the troubles of the daughter at home obviously does not apply in every case.
▪ In this rather gloomy context, has the community development approach anything to offer?
▪ He hadn't realized the road would be so gloomy.
▪ Never did the prospect look so gloomy for an army....
▪ Our original fears were so gloomy, our expectations so low, that almost anything would be better.
▪ The results were a very mixed bag, with some of them so gloomy they refused to be quoted.
▪ No doubt that was too gloomy a picture.
▪ Leon Carvalho, the powerful director of Paris' Opera-Comique, rejected the score for being too gloomy for his audiences.
▪ I doubt if my picture, though depressing, is too gloomy.
▪ For fascists, however, Spengler's prophecies were too gloomy.
▪ But I felt too gloomy to put myself into the greater gloom of the street.
▪ But perhaps this is too gloomy and bleak a view.
▪ All of this seems to have painted a rather gloomy picture.
▪ He brings a book of verse with a few gloomy pictures.
▪ Domestic economic factors further complicated this gloomy picture.
▪ Malthus' gloomy picture of human life seems to many contemporary commentators much too atomistic and adversarial.
▪ He said a survey had disclosed a gloomy picture of growing waiting lists, homelessness, and repair problems.
▪ There was one solitary corrective to this gloomy picture.
▪ This rather gloomy picture of the troubles of the daughter at home obviously does not apply in every case.
▪ They objected to being given an unnecessarily gloomy picture at first.
▪ Horror stories, complaints and gloomy predictions are plentiful.
▪ a gloomy economic forecast
▪ A year ago it seemed that a peace treaty looked possible, but now the outlook is much gloomier.
▪ Evidence that the world's population is increasing faster than ever implies a gloomy prospect for humanity: starvation.
▪ I never liked visiting Dr Allen in his gloomy old study.
▪ Most political analysts are gloomy about the country's future.
▪ Professor Vardell was a gloomy man who never smiled.
▪ The bar was gloomy and smelled of stale cigar smoke.
▪ The world's largest chip maker gave a gloomy forecast for the first quarter.
▪ This latest survey presents a gloomy picture of the Russian economy.
▪ But even the gloomier numbers do not portray the scope for disaster.
▪ Domestic economic factors further complicated this gloomy picture.
▪ He looks somewhat gloomy and withdrawn.
▪ Sitting on the terrace or in gloomy corridors to hide their shame.
▪ The story is not entirely gloomy.
▪ Then, to our left, the outline of a tree rose out of the gloomy fog surrounding it.
▪ Victor is at a dark little table in a gloomy corner.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gloomy \Gloom"y\, a. [Compar. Gloomier; superl. Gloomiest.]

  1. Imperfectly illuminated; dismal through obscurity or darkness; dusky; dim; clouded; as, the cavern was gloomy. ``Though hid in gloomiest shade.''

  2. Affected with, or expressing, gloom; melancholy; dejected; as, a gloomy temper or countenance.

    Syn: Dark; dim; dusky; dismal; cloudy; moody; sullen; morose; melancholy; sad; downcast; depressed; dejected; disheartened.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, probably from gloom even though that word is not attested as early as this one is. Shakespeare used it of woods, Marlowe of persons. Gloomy Gus used in a general sense of "sullen person" since 1940s, from a comic strip character of that name first recorded 1904. Related: Gloomily; gloominess.


a. 1 Imperfectly illuminated; dismal through obscurity or darkness; dusky; dim; clouded. 2 Affected with, or expressing, gloom; melancholy; dejected.

  1. adj. characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom; "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face"; "gloomy predictions"; "a gloomy silence"; "took a grim view of the economy"; "the darkening mood" [syn: grim, darkening]

  2. depressing in character or appearance; "drove through dingy streets"; "the dismal prison twilight"- Charles Dickens; "drab old buildings"; "a dreary mining town"; "gloomy tenements"; "sorry routine that follows on the heels of death"- B.A.Williams [syn: dingy, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, sorry]

  3. depressingly dark; "the gloomy forest"; "the glooming interior of an old inn"; "`gloomful' is archaic" [syn: glooming, gloomful]

  4. causing or suggestive of sorrow or gloom; "a gloomy outlook"; "gloomy news" [syn: depressing, depressive, saddening]

  5. reflecting gloom; "gloomy faces" [syn: glum, long-faced]

  6. causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather" [syn: blue, dark, depressing, disconsolate, dismal, dispiriting, grim]

  7. [also: gloomiest, gloomier]


Gloomy can refer to:

  • melancholia
  • The song Gloomy Sunday
  • The song Gloomy from the self-titled album Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • The Gloomy Dean, nickname of William Ralph Inge
  • Gloomy Bear, a fictional character
  • Gloomy Galleon

Usage examples of "gloomy".

There was a short struggle at the surface, and then a swirl of waters, a little eddy, and a burst of bubbles soon smoothed out by the flowing current marked for the instant the spot where Tarzan of the Apes, Lord of the Jungle, disappeared from the sight of men beneath the gloomy waters of the dark and forbidding Ugambi.

Doctor Ephraim Sprague, who attended him, and had the doctor call the Lewiston House and bring me to that gloomy estate on the Aylesbury Road near the Innsmouth Turnpike.

Spread like a starfish, the Beaverwood building contained long, gloomy corridors, with lighting fixtures feeble and far between.

Rather, as the old filth and gloomy sickness were cleared away, there would emerge a larger, stronger, older, brainier, better-nourished, better-oxygenated, more vital human type, able to eat and drink sanely, perfectly autonomous and well regulated in desires, going nude while attending tranquilly to duties, performing his fascinating and useful mental work.

Ketira that day, and the despair upon her face as she dodged about between Virginia Cottage and the brickfields, was like a gloomy picture.

English Grill- Federal Street was like some narrow, gloomy London bystreet, anyway.

Even his gunner, a gloomy Kentucky mountain boy named Cornett, who seldom spoke and seemed to be using a foreign language when he did, climbed smiling out of the rear seat.

With the deadlights in place over the sweeping stern windows to protect the glass from the rising rough weather, and the only light coming from the whale-oil lamp swinging overhead, even Edward would admit it was a gloomy excuse for a bridal bower.

The mountains, as Domini saw them more clearly, looked more gloomy, more unearthly.

Not that we have anything against Elmira, though possibly its embattled reformatory, frowning from the hillside, contributed its gloomy associations to our spirits.

Dwellings on the first floor are reached by rickety forestairs and inside they are dark and gloomy with naught but round holes cut in the rough-hewn boards for windows.

A braver man than Melchior de Willading did not dwell in all Switzerland, but he did not hear the gloomy predictions of the Genoese without shaking in every limb.

The prisons are gloomy, but there is an oil lamp in the midst which gives the necessary light, and there is no fear of fire as everything is made of marble.

Those who dislike it on account of its apparent blackness should remember that the extreme darkness of the cavern gives it that gloomy tinge.

Spare nothing but a gloomy theme, On which the lightest heart might moralize?