from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Partial or total darkness; dimness: switched on a table lamp to banish the gloom of a winter afternoon.
- n. A partially or totally dark place, area, or location.
- n. An atmosphere of melancholy or depression: Gloom pervaded the office.
- n. A state of melancholy or depression; despondency.
- intransitive v. To be or become dark, shaded, or obscure.
- intransitive v. To feel, appear, or act despondent, sad, or mournful.
- transitive v. To make dark, shaded, or obscure.
- transitive v. Archaic To make despondent; sadden.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. darkness, dimness or obscurity.
- n. a melancholy, depressing or despondent atmosphere
- v. To be dark or gloomy.
- v. to look or feel sad, sullen or despondent.
- v. To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.
- v. To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity.
- n. A shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove.
- n. Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness.
- n. In gunpowder manufacture, the drying oven.
- intransitive v. To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.
- intransitive v. To become dark or dim; to be or appear dismal, gloomy, or sad; to come to the evening twilight.
- transitive v. To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.
- transitive v. To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Dim, glimmering shade; deep twilight; cheerless obscurity; darkness: as, the gloom of a forest.
- n. Hence — A dark place.
- n. Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; dejection, melancholy, sullenness, and the like, or an aspect indicative of such feelings.
- n. A depressing or disheartening condition of affairs; a dismal aspect or prospect.
- n. In gunpowder-manuf., the drying-oven.
- To appear dimly; be seen in an imperfect or waning light; glimmer; be in darkness or obscurity.
- To exhibit or produce a somber or melancholy feeling; appear sad, gloomy, or dismal; frown; lower.
- To darken, or make dark, gloomy, or somber.
- To fill with gloom or despondency; make gloomy or sad.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of partial or total darkness
- n. a feeling of melancholy apprehension
- n. an atmosphere of depression and melancholy
Probably from Middle English gloumen, to become dark, look glum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *gloom, *glom, from Old English glōm ("gloaming, twilight, darkness"), from Proto-Germanic *glōmaz (“gleam, shimmer, sheen”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰel- (“to gleam, shimmer, glow”). Cognate with Norwegian glom ("transparent membrane"). (Wiktionary)