Definition of dreary
- cheer a dreary mind
- —George Berkeley
It was a gray, dreary morning.
The family struggled through dreary economic times.
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arid, boring, colorless, drab, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying;
blank, earthbound, gray (also grey), inanimate, pallid, pedantic, sterile, suspenseless, undramatic, uneventful, unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular;
: causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.
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