sullen and ill-tempered; showing a gloomy or surly disposition


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Part of speech



Gloomy, melancholy, sullen, moody, downcast, dreary


Cheerful, joyful, lighthearted, sunny, lively, bright

Example sentences

  • The morose man sat alone at the bar, nursing his drink and staring into space.
  • The morose atmosphere in the office was palpable, as everyone seemed to be in a bad mood.
  • Despite the beautiful weather, the morose woman refused to go outside and enjoy the sunshine.


Morose refers to someone who is habitually sullen, gloomy, or in a bad mood. A morose person may exhibit a lack of energy, motivation, or interest in life, and may appear indifferent or uninterested in the things and people around them. Moroseness can be a temporary state or a persistent condition, depending on the individual and their circumstances. It may be caused by a variety of factors, including emotional distress, physical health problems, or life events such as loss, disappointment, or trauma. Morose behavior can have negative effects on the individual and those around them, as it can lead to feelings of hopelessness, isolation, or frustration. On the other hand, it may also be a sign of a deeper emotional or psychological issue that requires attention and support