Origin of drear
First recorded in 1620–30; back formation from dreary
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Examples from the Web for drear
Otherwise it was all so cold, so drear, so dead, so unaffecting.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
The land lay in a wan apathy of suffering, dumb, hopeless, drear.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Between was the plain, and the plain was a place of drear sound—oh, of drear sound!The Long Roll
Only we shall all be back at Westminster again in drear November.
Must her life be drear and wintry, except as she rambles into the pleasaunce of others?Floyd Grandon's Honor
Amanda Minnie Douglas
Word Origin and History for drear
1620s, poetic shortening of dreary.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper