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 Here, the monotony of his everyday — the ding of his metro pass, a mouse click on a spreadsheet, his feet hitting the gravel for a daily run — serves as an unrelenting soundtrack for his anonymous routine as the dull head of a dreary nuclear family. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, "Review: In ‘Nobody,’ Bob Odenkirk transforms into an action star. It suits him," 25 Mar. 2021 The Office workplace comedies, with efforts wasted on wringing laughter out of dreary meetings and coffee runs. Emma Specter, Vogue, "‘Call My Agent!’ Is the Best Netflix Show You’re Probably Not Watching," 25 Jan. 2021 The whole experiment was a delightfully artificial way to add some excitement to an otherwise dreary winter. Melissa Kirsch, New York Times, "Breaking the Monotony of Winter," 22 Jan. 2021 That has left Europeans to reluctantly give up on the idea that Christmas celebrations might be a salve in an otherwise dreary, frustrating winter. Washington Post, "With the virus raging, Europeans grudgingly accept the dashed hopes of Christmas," 24 Dec. 2020 The kitchen previously was dreary and overcast, with oak cabinets, dark brown tile, and moody green walls. Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, "Easy DIY Projects and a Rainbow of Color Add Sunny Style to This 1905 Victorian Home," 16 Mar. 2021 Birthday parties in pandemics are dreary, even for billionaires. The Economist, "Rupert Murdoch prepares to hand over his media empire," 6 Mar. 2021 All the gorgeous hair and makeup accompanying their designs have given us major beauty inspiration and something fun to look at amid this dreary winter. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Best Beauty Looks From Paris Fashion Week's Fall 2021 Season," 2 Mar. 2021 Jaden McDaniels has been one of the pleasant developments for the Wolves in an otherwise dreary season. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Wolves rookie Jaden McDaniels relishes chance to share NBA court with brother Jalen," 3 Mar. 2021

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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 12 Apr. 2021.

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dreary

adjective

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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