Darkness, dimness or obscurity.
* 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
- the gloom of a forest, or of midnight
A melancholy, depressing or despondent atmosphere.
Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness.
- 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 drying oven used in gunpowder manufacture.
- A sullen gloom and furious disorder prevailed by fits.
* doom and gloom
* (l) (humorous)
To be dark or gloomy.
* 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 189:
- The black gibbet glooms beside the way.
to look or feel sad, sullen or despondent.
* D. H. Lawrence
- Around all the dark forest gloomed .
To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.
- Ciss was a big, dark-complexioned, pug-faced young woman who seemed to be glooming about something.
- A bow window gloomed with limes.
To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.
- A black yew gloomed the stagnant air.
- Such a mood as that which lately gloomed your fancy.
To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.
- What sorrows gloomed that parting day.
The emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.
* 1883 ,
*, title=The Mirror and the Lamp
- 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.
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, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.}}
* 1912 , :
That which causes merriment.
* 1922 ,
- 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.
- Phantasmal mirth , folded away: muskperfumed.
* (emotion) delight, glee, hilarity, jollity
* (emotion) sadness, gloom