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, monotonous, mournful, oppressive, pedestrian, raw, routine, sad, somber, sorrowful, tedious, uneventful, uninteresting, wearisome, windy, wintry, wretched; concepts 525,544 —Ant. bright, clear, happy, light, pleasant

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  • 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

  • dreary — dreary; dun·dreary; …   English syllables

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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