Glum vs Dreary - What's the difference?

glum | dreary |


As a noun glum

is light.

As an adjective dreary is

(obsolete) grievous, dire; appalling.

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.

    dreary

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • (obsolete) Grievous, dire; appalling.
  • Drab; dark, colorless, or cheerless.
  • It had rained for three days straight, and the dreary weather dragged the townspeople's spirits down.
    Once upon a midnight dreary , while I pondered, weak and weary...
  • * 1818 , , Volume 1, Chapter V:
  • It was on a dreary night of November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils.

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