[doo r, douuh r, dou-er]
- 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
1325–75; Middle English < Latin dūrus dure1
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1. morose, sour, moody. See glum.
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Examples from the Web for dourest
Mr Adam Wilkie is a Scot of the dourest and most sepulchral appearance.A Safety Match
The rôle fitted him very well, for he is the dourest politician in Yugoslavia—a perfectly honest, upright, injudicious patriot.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
And so we might, had it not been for the innate depravity of man as exemplified in the dourest driver that ever handled reins.From Gretna Green to Land's End
Katharine Lee Bates
And this is how one Englishwoman found out that the Scot is at once the dourest and the tenderest of men.His Majesty Baby and Some Common People
When he opened his cabin door he was confronted by the dourest aspect of the north that he had yet seen.Burned Bridges
Bertrand W. Sinclair
- hard or obstinate
C14: probably from Latin dūrus hard
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Word Origin and History for dourest
mid-14c., "severe," from Scottish and northern England dialect, probably from Latin durus "hard" (see endure); sense of "gloomy, sullen" is late 15c.
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