Definition of dreary
drearilyplay \ˈdrir-ə-lē\ adverb
drearinessplay \ˈdrir-ē-nəs\ noun
Examples of dreary in a sentence
It was a gray, dreary morning.
The family struggled through dreary economic times.
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of dreary
DREARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dreary for English Language Learners
: causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.
DREARY Defined for Kids
Definition of dreary for Students
: dull and depressing <a dreary, rainy Monday>
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