- causing sadness or gloom.
- dull; boring.
- sorrowful; sad.
Origin of dreary
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Examples from the Web for dreary
The Daily Beast met Stevens in a dreary New York hotel room.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
September 19, 2014
Unlike the dreary industrial region of Donbass where the fighting is concentrated, Crimea has great potential as a tourist center.Putin's Crimea Is a Big Anti-Gay Casino
September 8, 2014
(Read More on the Crisis in Ukraine) Old, numerous and bipartisan are the tales that corroborate this dreary hypothesis.Britain’s KGB Sugar Daddy
March 7, 2014
Roberts starred as the titular servant in the dreary drama, with Malkovich as Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr.Oscar Nominees’ Most Embarrassing Roles: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and More
February 11, 2014
Nearly a year after the shootings in Newtown, Murphy was again in Bridgeport City Hall, on a dreary Thursday.Sen. Chris Murphy, Taking On the NRA After Newtown
December 7, 2013
He found the district to the north to be a dreary waste, destitute of food and water.Explorations in Australia
There was the dreary monotone of crushed hope in Porter's voice as he spoke.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I have one dreary, cold room, as unlike this as two rooms can be.Quaint Courtships
All was deep, dreary darkness, but Siegfried had not learned fear.Opera Stories from Wagner
The state or condition in which the wicked cease from struggling and the dreary are at rest.The Devil's Dictionary
- sad or dull; dismal
- wearying; boring
- archaic miserable
Word Origin and History for dreary
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."