Simple Definition of dreary
: causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.
Examples of dreary in a sentence
It was a gray, dreary morning.
The family struggled through dreary economic times.
Origin and Etymology of dreary
Middle English drery, from Old English drēorig sad, bloody, from drēor gore; akin to Old High German trūrēn to be sad, Gothic driusan to fall
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of dreary
Rhymes with dreary
beery, bleary, cheery, eerie, leery, Peary, peri, quaere, query, smeary, sphery, teary, veery, weary
DREARY Defined for Kids
Definition of dreary for Students
: dull and depressing <a dreary, rainy Monday>
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