\ 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 Lindelof's belief contrasts sharply with the Red Devils current form on the pitch, which has seen them reach almost new lows in losses to Newcastle, Crystal Palace and West Ham in the league alongside a dizzyingly dour Europa League campaign. SI.com, "Man Utd Defender Victor Lindelof Reveals Reaction to Barcelona Links During the Summer," 15 Oct. 2019 But Mlima’s spirit is very much present throughout the drama, personified by actor Jermaine Rowe, in a loincloth, white body paint and a dour expression. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: ‘Mlima’s Tale’ at Westport Playhouse a riveting indictment of the elephant ivory trade," 7 Oct. 2019 Stocks later rebounded, but that episode, combined with other data suggesting an economic slowdown, has contributed to increasingly dour forecasts from many economists. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Trump Acclaims Economy, but Voters Are Anxious Amid Recession Talk," 22 Aug. 2019 Riyadh, the dour capital, has loosened up in ways unthinkable five years ago. The Economist, "Saudi Arabia should listen to critics of its reform programme," 7 Nov. 2019 Credit Suisse analysts were equally dour on Bed Bath & Beyond. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Bed Bath & Beyond's stock soars after poaching Target leader for its new CEO," 10 Oct. 2019 Oh, and for context, the above player is Jason Witten who, after a year of dour punditry following his retirement, has returned to the team for this season. SI.com, "All 20 Premier League Teams & Their NFL Counterparts," 13 Sep. 2019 Landon Hawkins is a riot as dour and petulant sister Mary Bennet, whose lurking startles everyone, and uncomplicatedly upbeat as sister Jane’s suitor Bingley, who’s treated literally like a puppy. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Shakespeare’s twins, Jane Austen romance delight in Santa Cruz," 31 July 2019 Then, from the direction the girl flew away, Kay hears a scream and the weather turns gray and dour. Washington Post, "‘Sea of Solitude’ is a well-meaning misfire," 11 July 2019

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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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5 Dec 2019

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“Dour.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dourness. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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