Gloomy means “dark and dreary.” A cloudy day, a sad song about lost love, your downbeat mood after your team loses a big game — all of these can be called gloomy.

Have you ever been called a Gloomy Gus? If so, you must have been acting depressed or sulky. But you aren’t the first to be called that — after all, Gloomy Gus was a comic book character who first appeared in 1904. By the 1940s, this nickname caught on, describing — and possibly adding to the misery — of those who are less happy-seeming than the people around them.

Definitions of gloomy
  1. adjective

    depressingly dark

    gloomy forest”
    gloomful, glooming, sulky


    devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black
  2. adjective

    filled with melancholy and despondency

    gloomy at the thought of what he had to face”
    gloomy predictions”
    gloomy silence”
    blue, depressed, dispirited, down, down in the mouth, downcast, downhearted, grim, low, low-spirited


    affected or marked by low spirits
  3. adjective

    causing dejection

    blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, grim, sorry

    cheerless, depressing, uncheerful

    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

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