\ 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

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 Who is to say that the soundtrack to the revolution must always be dour and angry. Susan X Jane, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Aug. 2022 Critics of moving to a close primary believe the system will lead to voter suppression during an election that is already experiencing dour turnout. al, 1 Aug. 2022 But given the relative coziness that Horvath and his colleagues have discovered there, those labels sound too dour. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 29 July 2022 Rudolph's performance starts out friendly and open before becoming more dour and worrisome as the film goes on. Kyle Fowle,, 16 July 2022 The fastest inflation in four decades has Americans feeling dour about the economy, even as their own finances have, so far, held up relatively well. Ben Casselman, New York Times, 15 July 2022 The inflation figure and likelihood of a substantial rate hike disappointed already dour investors. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 13 July 2022 Unsurprisingly, the trailer paints a pretty dour picture for our heroes as the season comes to a close. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 21 June 2022 Even a simple question like double-checking his age unleashes Black's hilariously feisty, often dour sense of humor. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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

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