"I don't know; but I suppose we can look," said Ted, dismally.
"I daresay lots of people have gotten here," said Jane, dismally.
"Wants my Panty," said the Lamb dismally, and his lip trembled.
“I suppose so,” I said dismally, for my anger had faded away, and I was quite cool.
Elizabeth was dismally conscious of her own apparent inconsistencies.
"I think the less she sees of me, the better she likes me," he said dismally.
"I don't see that we can do anything for them at any time," he said, dismally.
Twas very dark and blustering and dismally cold at that time.
"I won't be able to stand this much longer," he thought, dismally.
"You are a man of infinite resource, Capataz," said Dr. Monygham, dismally.
c.1400, from Anglo-French dismal (mid-13c.), from Old French (li) dis mals "(the) bad days," from Medieval Latin dies mali "evil or unlucky days" (also called dies Ægyptiaci), from Latin dies "days" (see diurnal) + mali, plural of malus "bad" (see mal-).
Through the Middle Ages, calendars marked two days of each month as unlucky, supposedly based on the ancient calculations of Egyptian astrologers (Jan. 1, 25; Feb. 4, 26; March 1, 28; April 10, 20; May 3, 25; June 10, 16; July 13, 22; Aug. 1, 30; Sept. 3, 21; Oct. 3, 22; Nov. 5, 28; Dec. 7, 22). Modern sense of "gloomy, dreary" first recorded in English 1590s, in reference to sounds. Related: Dismally.