noun (used with a plural verb)
- 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.
- the weather prevailing in this area.
- dolce far niente,
- dolce vita,
- dole bludger,
- dole cupboard,
- dole, bob,
- dole, sanford ballard
Origin of doldrums
Examples from the Web for doldrums
But the Republicans have the greatest opportunity to offer an alternate economic vision to the Obama doldrums.Government Shutdown Melodrama Won’t Matter on Election Day 2016|Stuart Stevens|September 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But in these scorching summer doldrums of 2013, you have to wonder: did it have to be this disappointing?Hope Isn’t Enough: Without Conviction or Destination, Obama Flounders|Stuart Stevens|July 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Here's something to chew on while I'm gone: what if the current doldrums are the new normal?Don't Have Enough to Worry About? Here's One More Thing: Low Growth May be Here to Stay.|Megan McArdle|March 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The campaign will now stagger through the February doldrums.Money Changed Everything for Mitt Romney in Florida Primary|Paul Begala|February 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They also outline a serious plan of action to move the economy out its doldrums and forward again.
Many private houses were closed, and the quiet of the doldrums fell upon the place.Lewis Rand|Mary Johnston
They ought to be well out of the doldrums now, but they are not.The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
They crossed the line in longitude 107, with a slight breeze, but soon fell into the Doldrums.Sea Stories|Various
Life in the busy little sawmill town had again sagged into the doldrums.Kindred of the Dust|Peter B. Kyne
But she thought she saw the reason for it by the way Updyke brought the sick man out of his doldrums.Dreamy Hollow|Sumner Charles Britton
noun the doldrums
- a belt of light winds or calms along the equator
- the weather conditions experienced in this belt, formerly a hazard to sailing vessels
Word Origin for doldrums
1811, from dulled, past participle of dullen, from Old English dol "foolish, dull," ending perhaps patterned on tantrum.
see in the doldrums.