dreary

adjective
drea·​ry | \ ˈdrir-ē How to pronounce dreary (audio) \
drearier; dreariest

Definition of dreary

1 : feeling, displaying, or reflecting listlessness or discouragement cheer a dreary mind— George Berkeley
2 : having nothing likely to provide cheer, comfort, or interest : gloomy, dismal a cold, dreary morning

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Other Words from dreary

drearily \ ˈdrir-​ə-​lē How to pronounce dreary (audio) \ adverb
dreariness \ ˈdrir-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce dreary (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for dreary

dismal, dreary, bleak, gloomy, cheerless, desolate mean devoid of cheer or comfort. dismal indicates extreme and utterly depressing gloominess. dismal weather dreary, often interchangeable with dismal, emphasizes discouragement resulting from sustained dullness or futility. a dreary job bleak suggests chill, dull, and barren characteristics that utterly dishearten. the bleak years of the depression gloomy often suggests lack of hope or promise. gloomy war news cheerless stresses absence of anything cheering. a drab and cheerless office desolate adds an element of utter remoteness or lack of human contact to any already disheartening aspect. a desolate outpost

Examples of dreary in a Sentence

It was a gray, dreary morning. The family struggled through dreary economic times.
Recent Examples on the Web The brightest spot of an otherwise mostly dreary season was the arrival of quarterback Justin Herbert. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers earn morale-boosting win over Chiefs, but will Anthony Lynn keep his job?," 3 Jan. 2021 The entry point into a new decade was filled with dreary moments, especially for New Orleanians. Katelyn Umholtz, NOLA.com, "It wasn't all bad, right? Readers share their favorite 2020 memories, from birthdays to big moves," 1 Jan. 2021 But how dreary this must be once the global spotlight follows the Biden camp south. Washington Post, "Biden put Wilmington on the map — but for garden lovers, it was already a destination," 28 Dec. 2020 In Bethlehem, dreary weather only underscored the low-key tone of Christmas events, the AP reported. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Pope Francis celebrates low-key Christmas Eve Mass amid coronavirus restrictions," 25 Dec. 2020 There is perhaps no clearer sign of 2020’s ghastliness than that this dreary work of propaganda has been a bestseller. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Too Much Too Soon," 24 Dec. 2020 Behind a row of sagging cabins and decades-old farm equipment, flat fields ran into the brambly branches of a leafless forest before fading into the oblivion of a dreary squall. Sergey Ponomarev, ProPublica, "The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World," 16 Dec. 2020 The day has been grey, dreary and drizzly, and evening is settling in – a typical covid evening, alone in my flat, with another radio concert playing from an empty hall. Ann Wroe, The Economist, "Stranger things The primal thrill of striking a match," 7 Dec. 2020 The move leaves the Rangers with a dreary outlook for the starting rotation: Kyle Gibson, Jordan Lyles, Wes Benjamin and Dunning would likely comprise the front line at the moment. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers trade Lance Lynn to White Sox for Dane Dunning, Avery Weems," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dreary

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dreary

Middle English drery, from Old English drēorig sad, bloody, from drēor gore; akin to Old High German trūrēn to be sad, Goth driusan to fall

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The first known use of dreary was before the 12th century

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“Dreary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreary. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for dreary

dreary

adjective
How to pronounce dreary (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dreary

: causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.

dreary

adjective
drea·​ry | \ ˈdrir-ē How to pronounce dreary (audio) \
drearier; dreariest

Kids Definition of dreary

: dull and depressing a dreary, rainy Monday

Other Words from dreary

drearily \ ˈdrir-​ə-​lē \ adverb
dreariness \ ˈdrir-​ē-​nəs \ noun

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