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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gloom, somberness, sombrenessnoun

    a state of partial or total darkness

    "he struck a match to dispel the gloom"

  2. gloom, gloominess, somberness, sombrenessnoun

    a feeling of melancholy apprehension

  3. gloom, gloominess, glumnessnoun

    an atmosphere of depression and melancholy

    "gloom pervaded the office"


  1. gloomnoun

    darkness, dimness or obscurity.

  2. gloomnoun

    a melancholy, depressing or despondent atmosphere

  3. gloomverb

    To be dark or gloomy.

  4. gloomverb

    to look or feel sad, sullen or despondent.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GLOOMnoun

    Etymology: glomang, Saxon, twilight.

    Glowing embers through the room,
    Teach light to counterfeit a gloom. John Milton.

    This the seat,
    That we must change for heav’n? This mournful gloom,
    For that celestial light? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    The still night, not now, as ere men fell,
    Wholsome, and cool, and mild; but with black air
    Accompany’d; with damps, and dreadful gloom. John Milton.

    Now warm in love, now with’ring in thy bloom,
    Lost in a convent’s solitary gloom. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Gloomverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    His glist’ring armour made
    A little glooming light much like a shade. Fairy Queen.

    Scarcely had Phœbus in the glooming East
    Yet harnessed his fiery footed team. Edmund Spenser.


  1. Gloom

    Gloom is a low level of light which is so dim that there are physiological and psychological effects. Human vision at this level becomes monochrome and has lessened clarity.


  1. gloom

    Gloom refers to partial or total darkness or a state of melancholy, sadness, or depression. It can also mean a sense of despondency or pessimism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gloomnoun

    partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of midnight

  2. Gloomnoun

    a shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove

  3. Gloomnoun

    cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness

  4. Gloomnoun

    in gunpowder manufacture, the drying oven

  5. Gloomverb

    to shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer

  6. Gloomverb

    to become dark or dim; to be or appear dismal, gloomy, or sad; to come to the evening twilight

  7. Gloomverb

    to render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken

  8. Gloomverb

    to fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gloom

    glōōm, n. partial darkness: cloudiness: heaviness of mind, sadness: hopelessness: sullenness.—v.i. to be sullen or dejected: to be cloudy or obscure.—v.t. to fill with gloom.—adv. Gloom′ily.—n. Gloom′iness.—p.adj. Gloom′ing (Shak.), shining obscurely.—n. twilight: gloaming.—adj. Gloom′y, dim or obscure: dimly lighted: sad, melancholy. [A.S. glóm, gloom; prov. Ger. glumm, gloomy.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gloom in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gloom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of gloom in a Sentence

  1. Kahlil Gibran:

    The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.

  2. Allan Small:

    Everyone was predicting doom and gloom for the banks and look at them, four of the five raised dividends, yes, their loan loss provision are higher, but you've got to expect that.

  3. Barry Schwartz:

    It's not the apocalypse, it's not doom and gloom, and if it's not doom and gloom you can come out of the bunker and the first thing you do is take a sigh of relief and then you want to make money.

  4. Arnold Bennett:

    The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else.

  5. Barack Obama:

    Despite the perennial doom and gloom that I guess is inevitably part of a presidential campaign, America is winning right now, america is great right now. We can do even better.

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  • Robert Doud
    Robert Doud
    gloom as a dark place, an area in the woods completely shaded over by trees and foliage
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