dreary

  • 1 Dreary — Drear y (dr[=e]r [y^]), a. [Compar. {Drearier}; superl. {Dreariest}.] [OE. dreori, dreri, AS. dre[ o]rig, sad; akin to G. traurig, and prob. to AS. dre[ o]san to fall, Goth. driusan. Cf. {Dross}, {Drear}, {Drizzle}, {Drowse}.] 1. Sorrowful;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 dreary — dreary; dun·dreary; …

    English syllables

  • 3 dreary — index bleak (severely simple), deplorable, despondent, insipid, jejune (dull), lifeless (dull), lugubri …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 dreary — O.E. dreorig sad, sorrowful, originally cruel, bloody, blood stained, from dreor gore, blood, from (ge)dreosan (pp. droren) fall, decline, fail, from W.Gmc. *dreuzas (Cf. O.N. dreyrigr gory, bloody, and more remotely, Ger. traurig sad, sorrowful… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 dreary — 1 *dismal, cheerless, dispiriting, bleak, desolate Analogous words: discouraging, disheartening (see DISCOURAGE): barren, *bare: forlorn, hopeless (see DESPONDENT) 2 *dull, humdrum, monotonous, pedestrian, stodgy Analogous words …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 dreary — [adj] gloomy, lifeless black, blah, bleak, boring, cheerless, colorless, comfortless, damp, depressing, depressive, dingy, dismal, dispiriting, doleful, downcast, drab, dull, forlorn, funereal, glum, humdrum, joyless, lonely, lonesome, melancholy …

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  • 7 dreary — ► ADJECTIVE (drearier, dreariest) ▪ dull, bleak, and depressing. DERIVATIVES drearily adverb dreariness noun. ORIGIN Old English, «gory, cruel, melancholy» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 dreary — [drir′ē] adj. drearier, dreariest [ME dreri < OE dreorig, sad, orig., bloody, gory < dreor, blood < base of dreosan, to drip < IE base * dhreu , break off > DRIP, DROWSE] gloomy; cheerless; depressing; dismal; dull drearily adv.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 dreary — adj. it was very dreary to do the same job every day = it was very dreary doing the same job every day * * * [ drɪərɪ] it was very dreary to do the same job every day = it was very dreary doing the same job every day …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 dreary — [[t]drɪ͟əri[/t]] drearier, dreariest ADJ GRADED If you describe something as dreary, you mean that it is dull and depressing. ...a dreary little town in the Midwest... They live such dreary lives. Syn: dismal Derived words: drearily ADV GRADED… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 dreary — adjective 1) the dreary hours spent in a jail cell Syn: dull, drab, uninteresting, flat, tedious, wearisome, boring, unexciting, unstimulating, uninspiring, soul destroying; humdrum, monotonous, uneventful, unremarkable, featureless …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 12 dreary — UK [ˈdrɪərɪ] / US [ˈdrɪrɪ] adjective Word forms dreary : adjective dreary comparative drearier superlative dreariest making you feel bored or unhappy dark and dreary weather …

    English dictionary

  • 13 dreary — drear|y [ˈdrıəri US ˈdrıri] adj also drear [drıə US drır] literary [: Old English; Origin: dreorig bloody, sad ] dull and making you feel sad or bored ▪ the same old dreary routine ▪ a dreary winter s day >dreariness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 dreary — drea|ry [ drıri ] adjective making you feel bored or unhappy: dark and dreary weather life in a dreary town …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 dreary — [OE] In Old English, dreary (or drēorig, as it then was) meant ‘dripping with blood, gory’, but its etymological connections are with ‘dripping, falling’ rather than with ‘blood’. It goes back to a West Germanic base *dreuz , *drauz which also… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 dreary — also drear, poetical adjective not interesting or cheerful: the same old dreary routine | a dreary winter s day …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 dreary — [OE] In Old English, dreary (or drēorig, as it then was) meant ‘dripping with blood, gory’, but its etymological connections are with ‘dripping, falling’ rather than with ‘blood’. It goes back to a West Germanic base *dreuz , *drauz which also… …

    Word origins

  • 18 dreary — adj. Dreary is used with these nouns: ↑morning, ↑room, ↑winter …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 dreary — drear·y || drɪərɪ adj. dreary, gloomy, depressing, dismal; tedious, boring …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 dreary — [ˈdrɪəri] adj making you feel bored or unhappy dreary weather[/ex] …

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