- 1the state of feeling sad or depressed He's been in the doldrums ever since she left him.
- 2a lack of activity or improvement The bond market normally revives after the summer doldrums. Despite these measures, the economy remains in the doldrums. From the place in the ocean near the equator where there are sudden periods of calm. A sailing ship caught in this area can be stuck there because of a lack of wind.
NAmE//ˈdoʊldrəmz//, NAmE//ˈdɔldrəmz//, NAmE//ˈdɑldrəmz//[plural] the doldrums