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  • adjective Scotland, Northern Ireland Bleak, miserable, dismal, cheerless, dreary.


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  • 'dreich' (meaning dull or dreary) when referring to that city.

    Toledo Newspaper

  • These actors who – along with their enrapturing co-stars, Patricia Neal, Taylor, the luminous Ingrid Bergman, whose face I wanted to reach through the screen to touch – inspired a hunger for Hollywood biographies and autobiographies that continues to this, incalculably more dreich and dreary day.

    Lucy Mangan: RIP Golden Age of Hollywood

  • The sixpence it cost to be rid of their children, particularly on dreich winter Saturdays, was money well spent.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • He thought Scotland much like Baltic Poland in weather, if not landscape—drawn-out rains, mists and damp, cold, dreich days with an absence of light.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • Perhaps it's the yarn - it very grey and dreich, and just a little depressing.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • He concluded that dreich, that good old Scottish standby, was far too mild for the scale of awfulness.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • Cloudscapes of great beauty highlighted the four-seasons-in-one-day phenomenon that was called weather in Scotland, but often it was dreich for days, sometimes weeks, on end.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • Perhaps it's the yarn - it very grey and dreich, and just a little depressing.

    More knitting

  • A Scottish word to describe the weather is dreich!

    Day 3: Filming at Doune Castle

  • Like Baum's Kansas, everything about her world is grey: the dialogue is leaden; the skies are dreich; it is always icily cold; and clothing is tattered and dirty.

    Company of Liars, by Karen Maitland


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  • Miserable, bleak (Scots).

    November 29, 2007

  • The only way to describe Scottish weather

    January 24, 2008

  • I doubt there's an English equivalent which so perfectly encapsulates a certain kind of Scottish weather.

    August 2, 2009

  • "It was a bitter cold Sunday, wet and misty, dismal, dreich, everything as dripping and grey as only Inverness in November can be; we stood at the Memorial by the river in our uniforms with the Provost and his wife and some people from the council and the British Legion, and we each stepped forward in turn below the names carved on it to do this thing, the weight of which, the meaning and resonance of which, I didn't really understand, thought I'd thought I knew all about war and the wars, until I got home after it and my parents, with a kindness that was quiet and serious, sat me down in the warm back room, made me a mug of hot chocolate then sat there with me in a silence, not a companionable silence, more mindful than that."

    "Good voice" by Ali Smith, p 35 of Public Library and Other Stories

    February 20, 2017