from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sullenly melancholy; gloomy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sullen, gloomy; showing a brooding ill humour

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a sour temper; sullen and austere; ill-humored; severe.
  • adj. Lascivious; brooding over evil thoughts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fastidious; scrupulous.
  • Of a sour temper; severe; sullen and austere.
  • Synonyms Gloomy. Sulky, etc. (see sullen), gruff, crabbed, crusty, churlish, surly, ill-humored, ill-natured, cross-grained.
  • Lingering; persistent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing a brooding ill humor


Latin mōrōsus, peevish, from mōs, mōr-, self-will, caprice, manner; see mē-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin morosus ("particular, scrupulous, fastidious, self-willed, wayward, capricious, fretful, peevish"), from mos ("way, custom, habit, self-will"): see moral. (Wiktionary)



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  • Look at this morose motherfucker right here. Looks like somebody shit in his cereal.
    (Movie: Chasing Amy)

    March 28, 2008