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To be ‘glum’ means to be down in the dumps or broodingly morose. When feeling that way, people tend to be uncommunicative and unexpressive, making their disappointment or unhappiness obvious to everybody. In fact, the sense of acting sad rather than simply being sad is an important component of this word. Such behaviour can provoke an unsympathetic reaction from others.
Why do you always look so glum? Your demeanour really drags me and others around you down.
When the deal fell through a feeling of glumness spread throughout the office. Everybody looked quite upset.
Daniel was given a two-week suspension from work, but he doesn’t seem particularly glum about it. I think he’s happy to be getting a break!