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See also: Glum and glüm



  • IPA(key): /ɡlʌm/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌm

Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from Middle Low German glum (glum), related to German dialectal glumm (gloomy, troubled, turbid). More at gloomy.


glum (comparative glummer, superlative glummest)

  1. despondent; moody; sullen

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English glomen, glommen, glomben, gloumben (to frown, look sullen), from *glom (gloom). More at gloom.


glum (third-person singular simple present glums, present participle glumming, simple past and past participle glummed)

  1. (obsolete) To look sullen; to be of a sour countenance; to be glum.
    • 1509, Stephen Hawes, The Passetyme of Pleasure:
      upon me he gan to loure and glum,
      Enforcing him so for to ryse withall,
      But that I shortly unto hem did cum,
      With his thre hedes he spytte all his venum


glum (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) sullenness
    • c. 1550, John Skelton, Colyn Cloute:
      That they be deaf and dumb,
      And play silence and glum