Simple Definition of dismal
: showing or causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.
: very bad or poor
Examples of dismal in a sentence
The show was a dismal failure.
The team's record is dismal.
Origin and Etymology of dismal
Middle English, from dismal, noun, days marked as unlucky in medieval calendars, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin dies mali, literally, evil days
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of dismal
DISMAL Defined for Kids
Definition of dismal for Students
: very gloomy <dismal weather>
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