- sullen; gloomy: The captain's dour look depressed us all.
- severe; stern: His dour criticism made us regret having undertaken the job.
- Scot. (of land) barren; rocky, infertile, or otherwise difficult or impossible to cultivate.
Origin of dour
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Examples from the Web for dour
This decline, not surprisingly, has engendered a dour mood among much of the yeomanry.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
And so the Libyan revolution was intoxicating, which is why the world watched it much more closely than the dour Syrian struggle.It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today
August 3, 2014
Queen Victoria had the reputation of being a humorless, dour battleaxe, a Terminator in bombazine.The Cult of Royal Porn
April 26, 2014
Then McQueen, who can come across as quite intense and dour, magnificently, jumped up and down.The Changing Color of the Oscars: '12 Years A Slave' Makes History
March 3, 2014
The exuberant, indefatigable Democrat from Oregon and the dour, taciturn Republican from New Hampshire made an odd couple.The Senate’s New Taxman Won’t Be Controlled By His Own Party
February 18, 2014
Grim, dour, silent, it waited for the beginning of hostilities.Quaint Courtships
He's jist as dour as ever, and as far as man could weel be frae them he cam o'!Salted With Fire
When they were so poor and the future so dour, how could she keep from earning a little money?In a Little Town
A most curious, dour, and moody man, with a mind roving from key to key.John Splendid
Nobody was surprised, since this dour officer had been in trouble before.The Man Who Knew
- hard or obstinate
Word Origin and History for dour
mid-14c., "severe," from Scottish and northern England dialect, probably from Latin durus "hard" (see endure); sense of "gloomy, sullen" is late 15c.