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drear

[dreer]
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adjective Literary.
  1. dreary.

Origin of drear

First recorded in 1620–30; back formation from dreary
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Examples from the Web for drear

Historical Examples

  • Otherwise it was all so cold, so drear, so dead, so unaffecting.

    The Woman Thou Gavest Me

    Hall Caine

  • 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

    Mary Johnston

  • 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

adj.

1620s, poetic shortening of dreary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper