Glum vs Gloomy - What's the difference?

glum | gloomy |


As adjectives the difference between glum and gloomy

is that glum is despondent; moody; sullen while gloomy is imperfectly illuminated; dismal through obscurity or darkness; dusky; dim; clouded.

As a verb glum

is (obsolete) to look sullen; to be of a sour countenance; to be glum.

As a noun glum

is (obsolete) sullenness.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

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.

    gloomy

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Imperfectly illuminated; dismal through obscurity or darkness; dusky; dim; clouded.
  • The cavern was gloomy .
  • Affected with, or expressing, gloom; melancholy; dejected.
  • a gloomy temper or countenance

    Synonyms

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