glum

adjective

Gary sure looks glum today

Syn:
gloomy, downcast, downhearted, dejected, despondent, crestfallen, disheartened; depressed, desolate, unhappy, doleful, melancholy, miserable, woebegone, mournful, forlorn, in the doldrums, morose; informal blue, down in/at the mouth, in a blue funk, down in the dumps
Ant:
cheerful
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glum, doleful, dour, lugubrious, melancholy, saturnine, sullen
All happy people are alike, to paraphrase Tolstoy, but each unhappy person is unhappy in his or her own way. A sullen person is gloomy, untalkative, and ill-humored by nature; a glum person is usually silent because of low spirits or depressing circumstances (to be glum in the face of a plummeting stock market). Melancholy suggests a more or less chronic sadness (her melancholy was the result of an unhappy childhood), while a person who is saturnine has a forbiddingly gloomy and taciturn nature (his request was met with a saturnine and scornful silence). Dour refers to a grim and bitter outlook or disposition (a dour old woman who never smiled), and doleful implies a mournful sadness (the child's doleful expression as his parents left). Someone or something described as lugubrious is mournful or gloomy in an affected or exaggerated way (lugubrious songs about lost love).

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  • glum´ly — glum «gluhm», adjective, glum|mer, glum|mest. gloomy; dismal; sullen: »a glum look. Why should folk be glum…When Nature herself is glad? (John Greenleaf Whittier) …   Useful english dictionary

  • glum — [glʌm] adj comparative glummer superlative glummest [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: glum to look annoyed or bored (15 19 centuries), from gloom] if someone is glum, they feel unhappy and do not talk a lot = ↑gloomy ▪ Anna looked glum . ▪ After dinner,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Glum — Glum, v. i. To look sullen; to be of a sour countenance; to be glum. [Obs.] Hawes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glum — glum·ly; glum·ness; glum; …   English syllables

  • Glum — (gl[u^]m), n. [See {Gloom}.] Sullenness. [Obs.] Skelton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glum — Glum, a. Moody; silent; sullen. [1913 Webster] I frighten people by my glun face. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glum — [ glʌm ] adjective looking sad, as if you expect something bad to happen ╾ glum|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • glum — ► ADJECTIVE (glummer, glummest) ▪ dejected; morose. DERIVATIVES glumly adverb. ORIGIN related to dialect glum to frown , variant of GLOOM(Cf. ↑gloom) …   English terms dictionary

  • glum — [glum] adj. glummer, glummest [prob. < ME glomen, var. of gloum(b)en: see GLOOM] feeling or looking gloomy, sullen, or morose glumly adv. glumness n …   English World dictionary

  • Glum — Glum, altnordischer Skalde, geb. 926, besuchte Norwegen, ohne an Höfen zu singen; er erlegte viele Feinde u. war sehr gewandt in der Führung von Processen; er st. 1003. Seine Gesänge waren im Alterthum berühmt u. wurden oft von Anderen gesungen.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • glum — index disconsolate, lugubrious, pessimistic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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