Word of the Day Challenge: Gloomy

Definition of ’gloomy’


gloomy – definition from Collins Dictionary

(gluːmi )Word forms: comparative gloomier , superlative gloomiest

1. ADJECTIVEIf a place is gloomy, it is almost dark so that you cannot see very well.Inside it’s gloomy after all that sunshine….this huge gloomy church.Synonyms: darkdulldimdismalMore Synonyms of gloomy

2. ADJECTIVE If people are gloomy, they are unhappy and have no hope.Graduates are feeling gloomy about the jobs market.gloomilyADVERB [ADVERB with verb]He tells me gloomily that he has been called up for army service.

3. ADJECTIVEIf a situation is gloomy, it does not give you much hope of success or happiness.…a gloomy picture of an economy sliding into recession.Officials say the outlook for next year is gloomy.Synonyms: depressingbaddismaldreary

Looking out of my window it’s a gloomy day today. It’s been raining heavily all morning, the skies are full of dark clouds, not a patch of blue or a ray of sunshine.

Photo by Andrew Beatson on Pexels.com

Gloom seems to be a word that is used all too frequently these days. No matter what country we live in we are gloomy about the economy. It’s been a tough year. We’re gloomy about politics, the pandemic, climate change and the state of the world generally. I’m usually an optimist but this past year has often made me think of the SF novels that David liked to read about worlds where events like the ones we’ve been experiencing have changed society forever and not in a good way. I try not to think about those too much.

However, according to the definition gloomy means to have no hope and I have to have hope. Not that everything will be as it used to be but at least that we will get through the difficult times and maybe enough people will learn something that we might do better in the future. So I will keep looking for the rainbow because after rain there will be a rainbow somewhere.

You can’t have rainbows without rain.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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