from The Century Dictionary.

  • Hard; inflexible; obstinate; bold; hardy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Scot. Hard; inflexible; obstinate; sour in aspect; hardy; bold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Stern, harsh and forbidding.
  • adjective Unyielding and obstinate.
  • adjective Expressing gloom or melancholy; sullenly unhappy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective showing a brooding ill humor
  • adjective harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
  • adjective stubbornly unyielding


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, possibly from Middle Irish dúr, probably from Latin dūrus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin dūrus ("hard, stern"), or possibly from Middle Irish dúr.


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  • don't let the dour

    hit you in the ass

    November 6, 2009

  • I tend to think of WordNet 5 and 6 when this word comes up.

    September 23, 2008

  • It doesn't mean absence of intelligence. Wordnet definitions 3, 5 and 6 are about right.

    September 22, 2008

  • dour means absence of intellegence.Or absence of personality.

    September 22, 2008