Gloom vs Mirth - What's the difference?

gloom | mirth | Antonyms |

Gloom is an antonym of mirth.

As nouns the difference between gloom and mirth

is that gloom is darkness, dimness or obscurity while mirth is the emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.

As a verb gloom

is to be dark or gloomy.




  • Darkness, dimness or obscurity.
  • the gloom of a forest, or of midnight
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • Here was a surprise, and a sad one for me, for I perceived that I had slept away a day, and that the sun was setting for another night. And yet it mattered little, for night or daytime there was no light to help me in this horrible place; and though my eyes had grown accustomed to the gloom , I could make out nothing to show me where to work.
  • A melancholy, depressing or despondent atmosphere.
  • Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness.
  • * Burke
  • A sullen gloom and furious disorder prevailed by fits.
  • A drying oven used in gunpowder manufacture.
  • Derived terms

    * doom and gloom * gloomily * (l) (humorous) * gloomy


    (en verb)
  • To be dark or gloomy.
  • * Goldsmith
  • The black gibbet glooms beside the way.
  • * 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 189:
  • Around all the dark forest gloomed .
  • to look or feel sad, sullen or despondent.
  • * D. H. Lawrence
  • Ciss was a big, dark-complexioned, pug-faced young woman who seemed to be glooming about something.
  • To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.
  • * Walpole
  • A bow window gloomed with limes.
  • * Tennyson
  • A black yew gloomed the stagnant air.
  • To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.
  • * Tennyson
  • Such a mood as that which lately gloomed your fancy.
  • * Goldsmith
  • What sorrows gloomed that parting day.
  • To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.
  • mirth



    (en noun)
  • The emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.
  • * 1883 ,
  • And he began to laugh again, and that so heartily, that, though I did not see the joke as he did, I was again obliged to join him in his mirth.
  • *, title=The Mirror and the Lamp
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth , and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.}}
  • * 1912 , :
  • Their eyes met and they began to laugh. They laughed as children do when they cannot contain themselves, and can not explain the cause of their mirth to grown people, but share it perfectly together.
  • That which causes merriment.
  • * 1922 ,
  • Phantasmal mirth , folded away: muskperfumed.


    * (emotion) delight, glee, hilarity, jollity


    * (emotion) sadness, gloom

    Derived terms

    * mirthful * mirthfulness * mirthless * mirthlessly * mirthlessness