dour

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adjective \ˈdau̇(-ə)r, ˈdu̇r\

Definition of dour

  1. 1 :  stern, harsh a dour expression on her face

  2. 2 :  obstinate, unyielding an insistent hunger for learning and a dour … determination to achieve it — Walter Moberly

  3. 3 :  gloomy, sullen a dour disposition

dourly

adverb

dourness

noun

Examples of dour in a Sentence

  1. She had a dour expression on her face.

  2. the dour mood of the crowd

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Origin and Etymology of dour

Middle English, from Latin durus hard — more at during


DOUR Defined for English Language Learners

dour

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adjective

Definition of dour for English Language Learners

  • : serious and unfriendly : silent and gloomy


DOUR Defined for Kids

dour

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adjective \ˈdau̇r, ˈdu̇r\

Definition of dour for Students

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


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