Definition of gloom noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡluːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡluːm//
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] a feeling of being sad and without hope synonym depression The gloom deepened as the election results came in. He remained sunk in gloom for several days. An air of gloom and despondency settled over the household. See related entries: Unhappiness
  2. 2[uncountable] (literary) almost total darkness We watched the boats come back in the gathering gloom. Caroline peered into the gloom of the hallway.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb): of unknown origin.Extra examples He peered into the gathering gloom. He was sunk in deep gloom at the prospect of being alone. I sank into gloom and depression. Rumours of his ill health cast gloom over the celebrations. She could see the house faintly through the gloom. She felt gloom descend on her shoulders. She was in a deep gloom because not even a postcard had arrived from Ricky. She watched him disappear into the gloom. Slowly, my eyes became accustomed to the gloom. The fog looked ominous in the evening gloom. The nation was deep in gloom. The news filled me with gloom. The sound of distant police whistles pierced the gloom. The sun went in and the house was again shrouded in gloom. The tram rattled off into the gloom. Their gloom deepened as the election results came in. There is a general gloom about the farming industry. Two figures materialized out of the gloom. We lost sight of them in the gloom. We sat and watched as the gloom descended. When the gloom finally lifts, the pessimists will be surprised at how much has been going right. efforts to dispel their gloom the darkest feelings of gloom and despondency the general economic gloomIdioms
    doom and gloom, gloom and doom
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    a general feeling of having lost all hope, and of pessimism (= expecting things to go badly) Despite the obvious setbacks, it is not all doom and gloom for the England team. More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet.
    pile on the agony/gloom
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    (informal, especially British English) to make an unpleasant situation worse Bosses piled on the agony with threats of more job losses.
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