adj. glum•mer, glum•mest
sullenly or silently gloomy; dejected
Etymology: 1425–75; late ME; var. of gloom glum′ly, adv. glum′ness, n. syn: glum, morose, sullen describe a gloomy, unsociable attitude. glum suggests a depressed, spiritless disposition or manner, usu. temporary: The runner had a glum expression after losing the race. morose, which adds a sense of bitterness and peevishness, implies a habitual and pervasive gloominess: His chronic illness put him in a morose mood. sullen usu. implies a reluctance or refusal to speak, accompanied by a glowering look expressing anger or a sense of injury: The child had a sullen look after being scolded.

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  • 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

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