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gloomy

adjective uk   /ˈɡluː.mi/ us  

gloomy adjective (WITHOUT HOPE)

unhappy and without hope: a gloomy person/expression The cemetery is a gloomy place. not expecting or believing anything good in a situation: The vet is rather gloomy about my cat's chances of recovery. a gloomy economic forecast

gloomy adjective (DARK)

dark in a way that is unpleasant and makes it difficult to see: What gloomy weather we're having! We waited in a gloomy waiting room.
gloomily
adverb uk   /-mɪ.li/ us  
gloominess
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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