dreary

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adjective drea·ry \ ˈdrir-ē \

Definition of dreary

drearier; dreariest
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

drearily

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dreariness

play \ˈdrir-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of dreary in a Sentence

  1. It was a gray, dreary morning.

  2. The family struggled through dreary economic times.

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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

Synonym Discussion of 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

DREARY Defined for English Language Learners

dreary

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adjective

Definition of dreary for English Language Learners

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


DREARY Defined for Kids

dreary

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adjective drea·ry \ ˈdrir-ē \

Definition of dreary for Students

drearier; dreariest
:dull and depressing
  • a dreary, rainy Monday

drearily

\ˈdrir-ə-lē\ adverb

dreariness

\ˈdrir-ē-nəs\ noun


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