Glum vs Cheerful - What's the difference?

glum | cheerful |


As a noun glum

is light.

As an adjective cheerful is

noticeably happy and optimistic.

glum

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) glomen, glommen, glomben, . More at (l).

Verb

(glumm)
  • (obsolete) To look sullen; to be of a sour countenance; to be glum.
  • (Hawes)

    Noun

    (-)
  • (obsolete) sullenness
  • (Skelton)

    Etymology 2

    Probably from (etyl) . More at (l).

    Adjective

    (glummer)
  • despondent; moody; sullen
  • * Thackeray
  • I frighten people by my glum face.

    cheerful

    English

    Alternative forms

    * cheerfull (archaic)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Noticeably happy and optimistic.
  • Bright and pleasant.
  • :
  • *
  • *:At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitu├ęs, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
  • Synonyms

    * bright * bubbly * ebullient * happy * joyful * optimistic * vivacious

    Antonyms

    * depressed * miserable * sad