Definition of doldrums
- fighting off the winter doldrums
- out of the economic doldrums
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the theater scene is usually in the doldrums during the summer
the team had been in the doldrums ever since losing the championship
Everyone gets the doldrums - a feeling of low spirits and lack of energy - every once in a while. The doldrums experienced by sailors, however, are usually of a different variety. In the mid-19th century, the word once reserved for a feeling of despondency came to be applied to certain tropical regions of the ocean marked by the absence of strong winds. Sailing vessels, reliant on wind propulsion, struggled to make headway in these regions, leading to long, arduous journeys. The exact etymology of doldrums is not certain, though it is believed to be related to the Old English dol, meaning "foolish" - a history it shares with our adjective "dull."
First Known Use: 1765See Words from the same year
: a state or period of sadness or depression
: a state or period in which there is no activity or improvement
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