American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking cheer; depressing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Without joy, gladness, or comfort; gloomy; destitute of anything to enliven or animate the spirits.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Without joy, gladness, or comfort.
- adj. causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
“With such a vivid prospect of despair, he carried his beaver some distance up the stream, split the meat for drying, and remained in cheerless solitude during the night.”
“My loved one’s name in cheerless solitude aye cheereth me, v. My lover came in at the close of night, iv.”
“My loved one’s name in cheerless solitude aye cheereth me”
“She and Leo divorced in 1945, and eleven-year-old Gloria became housekeeper, cook, and caregiver to her mother during a period that, at best, can be called cheerless and at worst, spiritually and financially impoverished.”
“Kondrat, without haste, was harnessing the horses after their feed, and I recalled my cheerless reveries of the day before.”
“At evening -- the sunset had not yet begun to redden in the sky, but the shadows from the trees already lay long and motionless, and in the grass one could feel that chill that comes before the dew -- I lay down by the roadside near the cart in which Kondrat, without haste, was harnessing the horses after their feed, and I recalled my cheerless reveries of the day before.”
“It was very much the same kind of cheerless day outdoors that it had been when they had first met each other after a lapse of many years.”
“I guess the hospital must have appeared kind of cheerless, for lots of the wounded were lying on the bare ground, and it was a caution the way some of them groaned and groaned.”
“To the howling of the wind was added another kind of cheerless monotonous roar.”
“I will not name him, but there was one ill-fated character in the film when, after he died, I felt kind of cheerless because I had come to respect him as a human being instead of an actor performing in front of a camera and reading out scripted dialogue.”
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