adjective \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


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