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Related to glums: inconvenient, irreparably, blasé


adj. glum·mer, glum·mest
1. Moody and melancholy; dejected.
2. Gloomy; dismal.
1. The quality or state of being moody, melancholy, and gloomy or an instance of it: "He was a charming mixture of glum and glee" (Lillian Hellman).
2. glums Chiefly British The blues. Often used with the: "Most other publications have got the glums" (Tina Brown).

[Probably akin to Middle English gloumen, to become dark; see gloom.]

glum′ly adv.
glum′ness n.
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pl n
gloomy feelings
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At least, Bella no sooner stepped ashore than she took Mr John Rokesmith's arm, without evincing surprise, and the two walked away together with an ethereal air of happiness which, as it were, wafted up from the earth and drew after them a gruff and glum old pensioner to see it out.
"With old Deluse at the 'Isle of Pines,'" {1} was the laughing reply; "and a glum enough time I had of it.
So we loafed along home down the back lanes, feeling pretty glum and not talking.
"Why are you so glum?" asked Nesvitski noticing Prince Andrew's pale face and glittering eyes.
Too sour on the human world, and too glum in his own soured nature, he was anything save his old courtly self to chance humans who broke in upon him to pat his head, and say silly things, and go their way never to be seen by him again.
This ain't no time of year to start farmin'," he added, glum and sullen.
Why do you sit there so pale and glum? Why don't you get up and dance?"
Wish they had, and not gone stalking round stiff and glum ever since.