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  • Sullen and ill-tempered.

    ‘she was morose and silent when she got home’
    • ‘A morose mood of deep melancholy has descended upon me this afternoon.’
    • ‘I got fed up with people in America thinking that my music is morose and depressing and all that.’
    • ‘He became morose and silent.’
    • ‘Except there is a very sour, very morose and desperate essence in his interpretation.’
    • ‘And one day I might get as morose as him, and might need someone to irritate.’
    • ‘He had a beautiful singing voice and a sharp sense of humour, but was also a morose weekend drunk.’
    • ‘He stood on his own, looking morose as usual.’
    • ‘In the latter days he appeared morose and worried.’
    • ‘His lyrics have grown less morose and more philosophical, and he sings them with newfound expressiveness.’
    • ‘Have years of negative hype made him weary and morose?’
    • ‘But each time, the spells of euphoria passed as quickly as they came and he would be morose.’
    • ‘But to be honest, they all look the same to me, conceited and morose.’
    • ‘Just what's needed when everybody is feeling morose and downhearted about the economic situation.’
    • ‘Then, feeling a bit morose and at a loose end, I headed for the bar.’
    • ‘Last night I spent relaxing on the couch and trying to shake off my morose mood, and I think it worked.’
    • ‘All are female - apart from me, and a morose younger man with cropped hair.’
    • ‘His morose delivery makes you uncertain whether you are supposed to laugh or cry.’
    • ‘An irritated glare adorned his otherwise striking face, dark and morose and very, very angry.’
    • ‘And yet, you feel, he is unhappy with the popular image of him as a morose and stern man.’
    • ‘He sensed she was feeling very morose today, and he was sure that the fact that her mother was coming back wasn't all that there was to it.’
    sullen, sulky, gloomy, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, in a bad mood, dour, surly, sour, glum, moody, unsmiling, humourless, uncommunicative, taciturn, unresponsive, unsociable, scowling, glowering, ill-humoured, sombre, sober, saturnine, pessimistic, lugubrious, Eeyorish, mournful, melancholy, melancholic, doleful, miserable, dismal, depressed, dejected, despondent, downcast, unhappy, low-spirited, in low spirits, low, with a long face, blue, down, fed up, grumpy, irritable, churlish, cantankerous, crotchety, cross, crabbed, crabby, grouchy, testy, snappish, peevish, crusty, waspish
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/məˈrōs/ /məˈroʊs/


Mid 16th century from Latin morosus ‘peevish’, from mos, mor- ‘manner’.