adjective mo·rose \mə-ˈrōs, m-\

of a person : very serious, unhappy, and quiet

: very sad or unhappy

Full Definition of MOROSE

:  having a sullen and gloomy disposition
:  marked by or expressive of gloom
mo·rose·ly adverb
mo·rose·ness noun
mo·ros·i·ty \-ˈrä-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of MOROSE

  1. She thought of the bootlegger at home—a raddled, skinny old man, morose and suspicious. He sat on his front step with a shotgun on Halloween night. —Alice Munro, Runaway, 2004

Origin of MOROSE

Latin morosus, literally, capricious, from mor-, mos will
First Known Use: 1565

Synonym Discussion of MOROSE

sullen, glum, morose, surly, sulky, crabbed, saturnine, gloomy mean showing a forbidding or disagreeable mood. sullen implies a silent ill humor and a refusal to be sociable <remained sullen amid the festivities>. glum suggests a silent dispiritedness <a glum candidate left to ponder a stunning defeat>. morose adds to glum an element of bitterness or misanthropy <morose job seekers who are inured to rejection>. surly implies gruffness and sullenness of speech or manner <a typical surly teenager>. sulky suggests childish resentment expressed in peevish sullenness <grew sulky after every spat>. crabbed applies to a forbidding morose harshness of manner <the school's notoriously crabbed headmaster>. saturnine describes a heavy forbidding aspect or suggests a bitter disposition <a saturnine cynic always finding fault>. gloomy implies a depression in mood making for seeming sullenness or glumness <a gloomy mood ushered in by bad news>.
MOROSE Defined for Kids


adjective mo·rose \mə-ˈrōs, m-\

Definition of MOROSE for Kids

:  very serious, unhappy, and quiet <She became morose and spoke to no one.>


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