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dreary

[dreer-ee] /ˈdrɪər i/
adjective, drearier, dreariest.
1.
causing sadness or gloom.
2.
dull; boring.
3.
sorrowful; sad.
Origin of dreary
900
before 900; Middle English drery, Old English drēorig gory, cruel, sad, equivalent to drēor gore + -ig -y1; akin to Old Norse dreyrigr bloody, German traurig sad
Related forms
drearily, adverb
dreariness, noun
drearisome, adjective
Synonyms
1. gloomy, dismal, drear, cheerless, depressing, comfortless. 2. tedious, monotonous, wearisome, tiresome.
Antonyms
1. cheerful. 2. interesting.
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  • "Sending me to prison won't stop it," Mary Turner said, drearily.

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  • When Davis knocked at the door she said drearily, “Come in.”

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  • "Maybe I'd be better able to say it if I knew what you was talkin' about, Sam," he observed, drearily.

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  • "It was your thoughts I was following out," said she, drearily.

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  • “Tom tried to force people to let him work,” the girl went on drearily.

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  • Leroux rose from the armchair in which he had been sitting and stared, drearily, at the newcomer.

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  • He sat, drearily staring into the fire, absorbed in recollection.

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  • drearily and wearily drew on the dark hours of that tempestuous night.

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  • Time and again, as I drearily waited, I was on the verge of giving him to the driver.

  • "I suppose you absorbed all the sense of our family," I said drearily.

British Dictionary definitions for drearily

dreary

/ˈdrɪərɪ/
adjective drearier, dreariest
1.
sad or dull; dismal
2.
wearying; boring
3.
(archaic) miserable
Also (literary) drear
Derived Forms
drearily, adverb
dreariness, noun
Word Origin
Old English drēorig gory; related to Old High German trūreg sad
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Word Origin and History for drearily

dreary

adj.

Old English dreorig "sad, sorrowful," originally "cruel, bloody, blood-stained," from dreor "gore, blood," from (ge)dreosan (past participle droren) "fall, decline, fail," from West Germanic *dreuzas (cf. Old Norse dreyrigr "gory, bloody," and more remotely, German traurig "sad, sorrowful"), from PIE root *dhreu- "to fall, flow, drip, droop" (see drip (v.)).

The word has lost its original sense of "dripping blood." Sense of "dismal, gloomy" first recorded 1667 in "Paradise Lost," but Old English had a related verb drysmian "become gloomy."

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