dismal, dreary, bleak, gloomy, cheerless, desolate mean devoid of cheer or comfort. dismal indicates extreme and utterly depressing gloominess.
dismal weatherdreary, 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 newscheerless 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
Examples of cheerless in a Sentence
The room was surprisingly bare and cheerless.
a dank and cheerless castle that was once the site of unspeakable horrors
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