Gloom is a hazy darkness or dimness. The gloom of a moonless autumn evening is perfect for trick-or-treating, but not so perfect for sizing up your candy stash.

It might make you nervous to walk in the gloom of your friend's rural neighborhood at night if you're used to well-lit city streets. And while gloom perfectly describes the near-dark of dusk or a foggy evening, it can also describe a dark, dismal mood. Your brother's gloom when his favorite basketball team loses in the playoffs will only deepen if your favorite team wins the tournament. Gloom is a Scottish word, originally meaning "a sullen look."

Definitions of gloom

n a state of partial or total darkness

“he struck a match to dispel the gloom
somberness, sombreness
Type of:
partial darkness

n a feeling of melancholy apprehension

gloominess, somberness, sombreness
Type of:
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
fearful expectation or anticipation
a feeling of thoughtful sadness

n an atmosphere of depression and melancholy

gloom pervaded the office”
gloominess, glumness
a cause of worry or gloom or trouble
bareness, bleakness, desolation, nakedness
a bleak and desolate atmosphere
Type of:
ambiance, ambience, atmosphere
a particular environment or surrounding influence

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