- 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to appear as a large shape that is not clear, especially in a frightening or threatening way A dark shape loomed up ahead of us.
- 2[intransitive] to appear important or threatening and likely to happen soon There was a crisis looming. Word Originverb mid 16th cent.: probably from Low German or Dutch; compare with East Frisian lōmen
BrE BrE//luːm//; NAmE NAmE//luːm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they loom
BrE BrE//luːm//; NAmE NAmE//luːm//he / she / it looms
BrE BrE//luːmz//; NAmE NAmE//luːmz//past simple loomed
BrE BrE//luːmd//; NAmE NAmE//luːmd//past participle loomed
BrE BrE//luːmd//; NAmE NAmE//luːmd//-ing form looming
BrE BrE//ˈluːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːmɪŋ//