dreary

adjective
drea·ry | \ ˈdrir-ē \
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 \ adverb
dreariness \ˈdrir-ē-nəs \ noun

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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.

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Like March before it, April is shaping up as wet, cold and dreary. Jeff Manning, OregonLive.com, "Cold wet spring leads to late surge at Mt. Hood ski resorts," 14 Apr. 2018 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, normally means the cold and dreary winter is behind us. Brandon Miller, CNN, "The weather at the Masters is likely to be as up and down as the scores," 4 Apr. 2018 Alex Metcalfe's dark, dreary photography, while admittedly a trial to endure, well befits the gloomy setting. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lighthouse': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Anyone who wants this campaign to retain a trace of Kempian iconoclasm — and be more than a dreary prelude to Newsom’s coronation — should vote Villaraigosa. Josh Gohlke, San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Word: Endorsed by Trump and Gavin Newsom," 1 June 2018 Legal victories preserving our fundamental freedoms are ultimately meaningless if cultural pressures create a dreary intellectual conformity. David French, National Review, "This Is How Religious Liberty Really Dies," 13 Feb. 2018 Tell us about your favorite Northeast Ohio park After a long and dreary winter, most of us are itching to go outside, stretch our legs and get back in touch with nature. Joseph Clark, cleveland.com, "Parma man arrested for car crash in North Olmsted: Olmsted Township police blotter," 8 Oct. 2017 These businesses are making an otherwise dreary day a little brighter with these 2018 Tax Day freebies. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Use these Tax Day 2018 freebies to reward yourself for filing before deadline," 13 Apr. 2018 December was the sunniest month, logging 56 percent of its possible sunshine compared with the month's normally dreary 41 percent. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: Did we have an exceptional number of sunny days this winter?," 7 Mar. 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dreary

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

dreary

adjective
drea·ry | \ ˈdrir-ē \
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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