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doldrums

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noun plural dol·drums \ˈdōl-drəmz, ˈdäl-, ˈdȯl-\

Simple Definition of doldrums

  • : a state or period of sadness or depression

  • : a state or period in which there is no activity or improvement

Full Definition of doldrums

  1. 1 :  a spell of listlessness or despondency

  2. 2 often capitalized :  a part of the ocean near the equator abounding in calms, squalls, and light shifting winds

  3. 3 :  a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or slump

Examples of doldrums

  1. <the theater scene is usually in the doldrums during the summer>

  2. <the team had been in the doldrums ever since losing the championship>



Origin of doldrums

probably akin to Old English dol foolish


First Known Use: 1811


DOLDRUMS Defined for Kids

doldrums

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noun plural dol·drums \ˈdōl-drəmz, ˈdäl-, ˈdȯl-\

Definition of doldrums

  1. 1 :  a spell of sadness <I tried to cheer her of her doldrums.>

  2. 2 :  a period of no activity or improvement <Her business was in the doldrums.>

  3. 3 :  a part of the ocean near the equator known for its calms





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