Definition of doldrums noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɒldrəmz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdoʊldrəmz//
    [plural] (also the doldrums) Unhappiness
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  1. 1the state of feeling sad or depressed He's been in the doldrums ever since she left him. See related entries: Unhappiness
  2. 2a lack of activity or improvement The bond market normally revives after the summer doldrums. Despite these measures, the economy remains in the doldrums.
  3. 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.
    Word Originlate 18th cent. (as doldrum ‘dull, sluggish person’): perhaps from dull, on the pattern of tantrums.
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