doldrums

[dohl-druhmz, dol-, dawl-]

noun (used with a plural verb)

a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art: August is a time of doldrums for many enterprises.
the doldrums,
  1. a belt of calms and light baffling winds north of the equator between the northern and southern trade winds in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  2. the weather prevailing in this area.
a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits.

Nearby words

  1. dolby,
  2. dolce,
  3. dolce far niente,
  4. dolce vita,
  5. dolcelatte,
  6. dole,
  7. dole bludger,
  8. dole cupboard,
  9. dole, bob,
  10. dole, sanford ballard

Origin of doldrums

1795–1805; obsolete dold stupid (see dolt) + -rum(s) (plural) noun suffix (see tantrum)

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British Dictionary definitions for doldrums

doldrums

noun the doldrums

a depressed or bored state of mind
a state of inactivity or stagnation
  1. a belt of light winds or calms along the equator
  2. the weather conditions experienced in this belt, formerly a hazard to sailing vessels

Word Origin for doldrums

C19: probably from Old English dol dull, influenced by tantrum

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Word Origin and History for doldrums

doldrums

n.

1811, from dulled, past participle of dullen, from Old English dol "foolish, dull," ending perhaps patterned on tantrum.

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Science definitions for doldrums

doldrums

[dōldrəmz′]

A region of the globe found over the oceans near the equator in the intertropical convergence zone and having weather characterized variously by calm air, light winds, or squalls and thunderstorms. Hurricanes originate in this region.
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Idioms and Phrases with doldrums

doldrums

see in the doldrums.

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