Definitions

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  • adj. Bleak, miserable, dismal, cheerless, dreary.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • '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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • 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

  • Kudos to her for heading north on a dreich day, especially having spent the previous few days reading the Sharps longlist.

    BBC writersroom roadshow visits Edinburgh

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

    August 2, 2009

  • The only way to describe Scottish weather

    January 24, 2008

  • Miserable, bleak (Scots).

    November 29, 2007