\ ˈdau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce dour (audio) , ˈdu̇r How to pronounce dour (audio) \

Definition of dour

1 : stern, harsh a dour expression on her face
2 : obstinate, unyielding an insistent hunger for learning and a dour … determination to achieve it— Walter Moberly
3 : gloomy, sullen a dour disposition

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Other Words from dour

dourly adverb
dourness noun

Examples of dour in a Sentence

She had a dour expression on her face. the dour mood of the crowd
Recent Examples on the Web Your brain fills in the blanks and constructs a character that's dour, awkward, and off-putting to students and teachers alike. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Okay, Why Do Marianne’s Schoolmates Even Hate Her On Normal People?," 29 Apr. 2020 And without being steeped in dour self-seriousness, its moments of pathos and insight ring truer. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "So Sad, Can’t Stop Laughing," 4 May 2020 Forecasting a potential loss added a dour note to financial results that showcased the success of a company built to thrive when online shopping is the only option for many shoppers. Matt Day And Spencer Soper / Bloomberg, Time, "Amazon Says It May Lose Money During Coronavirus as It Increases Spending on Logistics and Worker Safety," 1 May 2020 The celebrity element also adds a touch of cheer to what is, ultimately, a dour subject: images of those who are no longer alive. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Trove of Old Home Videos from MOMA, Now Available Online," 11 Apr. 2020 Jack was addressing a dour undergraduate from the University of Texas, who was scanning the crowd for luminaries and idly fielding Jack’s questions. Thomas Meaneeey, Harper's Magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 30 Mar. 2020 Doyle enjoys poking fun at Doyle, his habit of making sure his books are stocked at various bookstores, his dour pomposity. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "‘Threshold’ Resurrects the Angry, Ambitious Young Man," 25 Mar. 2020 But there are some numbers below the radar that have drawn a dour conclusion from San Francisco’s controller, the city’s top money man. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "SF coronavirus crisis on its way to becoming a financial crisis, too," 5 Apr. 2020 Jack was addressing a dour undergraduate from the University of Texas, who was scanning the crowd for luminaries and idly fielding Jack’s questions. Thomas Meaneeey, Harper's Magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of dour

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dour

Middle English, from Latin durus hard — more at during

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“Dour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dour. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dour

formal : serious and unfriendly : silent and gloomy
\ ˈdau̇r How to pronounce dour (audio) , ˈdu̇r \

Kids Definition of dour

: looking or being serious and unfriendly a dour old man a dour expression

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