Definition of doldrum
2 archaic : a sluggish or slow-witted person
3 doldrums plural a : a region over the ocean near the equator abounding in calms, squalls, and light baffling winds b : the calms met with in that region
4 doldrums plural : a condition of inactivity, retardation, or stagnation: a : a downswing, slump, or slack period (as in business or industry) through the economic doldrums of the late forties — Drew Middleton bring the antiques business out of the depression doldrums — Alice Winchester : a period of sagging or falling off (as in sales or financial or political activity) b : a deterioration to a low ebb of vigor, creative power, or effectiveness that American fiction is at present in the doldrums is borne out anew — Amy Loveman
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Origin and Etymology of doldrum
probably akin to Old English dol foolish, silly
First Known Use: 1811See Words from the same year
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