adjective drea·ry \ˈdrir-ē\

: causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.


Full Definition of DREARY

:  feeling, displaying, or reflecting listlessness or discouragement
:  having nothing likely to provide cheer, comfort, or interest :  gloomy, dismal
drea·ri·ly \ˈdrir-ə-lē\ adverb
drea·ri·ness \ˈdrir-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of DREARY

  1. It was a gray, dreary morning.
  2. The family struggled through dreary economic times.

Origin 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

dismal, dreary, bleak, gloomy, cheerless, desolate mean devoid of cheer or comfort. dismal indicates extreme and utterly depressing gloominess <dismal weather>. dreary, often interchangeable with dismal, emphasizes discouragement resulting from sustained dullness or futility <a dreary job>. bleak suggests chill, dull, and barren characteristics that utterly dishearten <the bleak years of the depression>. gloomy often suggests lack of hope or promise <gloomy war news>. cheerless stresses absence of anything cheering <a drab and cheerless office>. desolate adds an element of utter remoteness or lack of human contact to any already disheartening aspect <a desolate outpost>.
DREARY Defined for Kids


adjective drea·ry \ˈdrir-ē\

Definition of DREARY for Kids

:  dull and depressing <a dreary, rainy Monday>
drea·ri·ly \ˈdrir-ə-lē\ adverb
drea·ri·ness \ˈdrir-ē-nəs\ noun


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