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cheerless

[cheer-lis]
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adjective
  1. without cheer; joyless; gloomy: drab, cheerless surroundings.
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Origin of cheerless

First recorded in 1570–80; cheer + -less
Related formscheer·less·ly, adverbcheer·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cheerless

cheerless

adjective
  1. dreary, gloomy, or pessimistic
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Derived Formscheerlessly, adverbcheerlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheerless

adj.

"devoid of comfort," 1570s, from cheer (n.) + -less. Related: Cheerlessly; cheerlessness.

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