gloom
Pronunciation Noun

gloom (uncountable)

  1. Darkness, dimness or obscurity.
    the gloom of a forest, or of midnight
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      Here was a surprise, and a sad one for me, for I perceived that I had slept away a day, and that the sun was setting for another night. And yet it mattered little, for night or daytime there was no light to help me in this horrible place; and though my eyes had grown accustomed to the gloom, I could make out nothing to show me where to work.
  2. A melancholic, depressing or despondent atmosphere.
    • 1855, Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, XIX:
      No sluggish tide congenial to the glooms; / This, as it frothed by, might have been a bath / For the fiend's glowing hoof - to see the wrath / Of its black eddy bespate with flakes and spumes.
  3. Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness.
    • A sullen gloom and furious disorder prevailed by fits.
  4. A drying oven used in gunpowder manufacture.
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gloom (glooms, present participle glooming; past and past participle gloomed)

  1. (intransitive) To be dark or gloomy.
    • The black gibbet glooms beside the way.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 189:
      Around all the dark forest gloomed.
  2. (intransitive) To look or feel sad, sullen or despondent.
    • Ciss was a big, dark-complexioned, pug-faced young woman who seemed to be glooming about something.
  3. (transitive) To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.
    • 1855, Alfred Tennyson, “The Letters”, in Maud, and Other Poems, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 1013215631 ↗, page 115 ↗:
      A black yew gloom'd the stagnant air.
  4. (transitive) To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Merlin and Vivien
      Such a mood as that which lately gloomed your fancy.
    • What sorrows gloomed that parting day.
  5. To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.



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