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Definition of gloomy adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (gloomier, gloomiest)
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  1. 1nearly dark, or badly lit in a way that makes you feel sad synonym depressing a gloomy room/atmosphere It was a wet and gloomy day.
  2. 2sad and without hope synonym glum a gloomy expression We sat in gloomy silence.
  3. 3without much hope of success or happiness in the future synonym depressing a gloomy picture of the country's economic future Suddenly, the future didn't look so gloomy after all.
adverb He stared gloomily at the phone. Iris lay gloomily on her bed, contemplating the future.
noun [uncountable]
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