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



    BrE BrE//dʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʊr//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdaʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊər//
    Describing unpleasant traits
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  1. 1(of a person) giving the impression of being unfriendly and severe See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits
  2. 2(of a thing, a place, or a situation) not pleasant; with no features that make it lively or interesting The city, drab and dour by day, is transformed at night. The game proved to be a dour struggle, with both men determined to win.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (originally Scots): probably from Scottish Gaelic dúr ‘dull, obstinate, stupid’, perhaps from Latin durus ‘hard’.Extra examples He was a dour middle-aged man. He was a striking figure with a long, dour face. They were barely acknowledged by a dour receptionist.
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