To be glum is to be sad. Glum is a word for being depressed, bummed out, or down in the dumps.

  • Pronunciation: / ɡlʌm/
  • English description: moody and melancholic
  • Synonyms: dejected
  • Chinese Translation:  忧郁的(you1 yu4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: triste
  • ORIGIN: People who are glum are sometimes said to be sullen, brooding, morose, and moody. Glum folks don't smile, giggle, or laugh — and they're rarely seen holding balloons. Being glum is a little more outward-directed than just being sad. To be glum is to act sad in front of other people, almost like you want them to ask, "Why so glum?"


  • The world is as unapologetically lifelike as it is glum.
  • The set married royal sumptuousness to genocidal mania, littering the palace with taxidermy, glum military portraits, abandoned toys, and deep, shadowy spaces.

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