Definition of dreary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdrɪəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɪri//
(drearier, dreariest) Unhappiness
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that makes you feel sad; dull and not interesting synonym dull a dreary winter’s day a dreary film a long and dreary journey on the train See related entries: Unhappiness Word OriginOld English drēorig ‘gory, cruel’, also ‘melancholy’, from drēor ‘gore’, of Germanic origin; related to German traurig ‘sorrowful’, also to drowsy, and probably to drizzle.Extra examples Lunch was a pretty dreary affair. a dark and dreary February morning his dull and dreary life playing the same dreary old tune streets full of dreary little shops He didn’t want to go back to his dreary little bedsit. The house looked grim and dreary in the faint damp rain.
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