Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Moody and melancholy; dejected.
  • adjective Gloomy; dismal.
  • noun The quality or state of being moody, melancholy, and gloomy or an instance of it.
  • noun Chiefly British The blues. Often used with the:

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To frown; look sullen or glum: same as gloom.
  • Gloomily sullen or silent; moody; frowning.
  • noun A sullen look; a frown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Moody; silent; sullen.
  • noun obsolete Sullenness.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To look sullen; to be of a sour countenance; to be glum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Sad, despondent.
  • verb obsolete To look sullen; to be of a sour countenance; to be glum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective showing a brooding ill humor
  • adjective moody and melancholic

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably akin to Middle English gloumen, to become dark; see gloom.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from Middle Low German glum ("glum"), related to German dialectal glumm ("gloomy, troubled, turbid"). More at gloomy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English glomen, glommen, glomben, gloumben ("to frown, look sullen"), from *glom (“gloom”). More at gloom.

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