adjective \ˈdr, ˈda(-ə)r\

: serious and unfriendly : silent and gloomy

Full Definition of DOUR

:  stern, harsh
:  gloomy, sullen
dour·ly adverb
dour·ness noun

Examples of DOUR

  1. She had a dour expression on her face.
  2. the dour mood of the crowd

Origin of DOUR

Middle English, from Latin durus hard — more at during
First Known Use: 14th century
DOUR Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈdar, ˈdr\

Definition of DOUR for Kids

:  looking or being serious and unfriendly <a dour old man> <a dour expression>


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