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Meaning of GLOOM

Pronunciation:  gloom

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a feeling of melancholy apprehension
  2. [n]  a state of partial or total darkness; "he struck a match to dispell the gloom"
  3. [n]  an atmosphere of depression and melancholy; "gloom pervaded the office"

GLOOM is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: gloominess, gloominess, glumness, somberness, somberness, sombreness
 See Also: ambiance, ambience, apprehension, apprehensiveness, atmosphere, bleakness, desolation, dread, melancholy, semidarkness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gloom\ (gl[=oo]m), n. [AS. gl[=o]m twilight, from the
    root of E. glow. See {Glow}, and cf. {Glum}, {Gloam}.]
    1. Partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity; as, the
       gloom of a forest, or of midnight.
    2. A shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove.
             Before a gloom of stubborn-shafted oaks. --Tennyson
    3. Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of
       sorrow; low spirits; dullness.
             A sullen gloom and furious disorder prevailed by
             fits.                                 --Burke.
    4. In gunpowder manufacture, the drying oven.
    Syn: Darkness; dimness; obscurity; heaviness; dullness;
         depression; melancholy; dejection; sadness. See
  2. \Gloom\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gloomed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.
    2. To become dark or dim; to be or appear dismal, gloomy, or
       sad; to come to the evening twilight.
             The black gibbet glooms beside the way. --Goldsmith.
             [This weary day] . . . at last I see it gloom.
  3. \Gloom\, v. t.
    1. To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.
             A bow window . . . gloomed with limes. --Walpole.
             A black yew gloomed the stagnant air. --Tennyson.
    2. To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.
             Such a mood as that which lately gloomed Your fancy.
             What sorrows gloomed that parting day. --Goldsmith.
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