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

  • adj. Dismal; bleak.
  • adj. Boring; dull: dreary tasks.

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  • adj. Grievous, dire; appalling.
  • adj. Drab; dark, colorless, or cheerless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sorrowful; distressful.
  • adj. Exciting cheerless sensations, feelings, or associations; comfortless; dismal; gloomy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sorrowful; sad.
  • Lonesomely dismal or gloomy; exciting a feeling of desolation, sadness, or gloom.
  • Hence Exciting a feeling of tedium or ennui; tiresomely monotonous: as, a dreary book.
  • Synonyms and Cheerless, comfortless, drear, dark. Tedious.

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

  • adj. causing dejection
  • adj. lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise


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

Middle English dreri, bloody, frightened, sad, from Old English drēorig, bloody, sad, from drēor, gore; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.

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From Middle English drery, from Old English drēoriġ ("dreary, sad, sorrowful, mournful, pensive, causing grief, cruel, horrid, grievous, bloody, blood-stained, gory, glorious"), from Proto-Germanic *dreuzagaz (“bloody”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreus- (“to break, break off, crumble”). Cognate with Dutch treurig ("sad, gloomy"), German traurig ("sad, sorrowful, mournful"), Old Norse dreyrigr ("bloody"). Related to Old English drēor ("blood, falling blood"), Old English drysmian ("to become gloomy").


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