from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by sternness or harshness; forbidding: a dour, self-sacrificing life.
- adj. Silently ill-humored; gloomy: the proverbially dour New England Puritan.
- adj. Sternly obstinate; unyielding: a dour determination.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Stern, harsh and forbidding.
- adj. Unyielding and obstinate.
- adj. Expressing gloom or melancholy; sullenly unhappy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Hard; inflexible; obstinate; sour in aspect; hardy; bold.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hard; inflexible; obstinate; bold; hardy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing a brooding ill humor
- adj. harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
- adj. stubbornly unyielding
Middle English, possibly from Middle Irish dúr, probably from Latin dūrus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dūrus ("hard, stern"), or possibly from Middle Irish dúr. (Wiktionary)