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dour

[doo r, douuh r, dou-er]
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adjective
  1. sullen; gloomy: The captain's dour look depressed us all.
  2. severe; stern: His dour criticism made us regret having undertaken the job.
  3. Scot. (of land) barren; rocky, infertile, or otherwise difficult or impossible to cultivate.
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Origin of dour

1325–75; Middle English < Latin dūrus dure1
Related formsdour·ly, adverbdour·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. morose, sour, moody. See glum.
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  • Grim, dour, silent, it waited for the beginning of hostilities.

  • He's jist as dour as ever, and as far as man could weel be frae them he cam o'!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • When they were so poor and the future so dour, how could she keep from earning a little money?

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • A most curious, dour, and moody man, with a mind roving from key to key.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • Nobody was surprised, since this dour officer had been in trouble before.

    The Man Who Knew

    Edgar Wallace


British Dictionary definitions for dour

dour

adjective
  1. sullen
  2. hard or obstinate
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Derived Formsdourly, adverbdourness, noun

Word Origin

C14: probably from Latin dūrus hard
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Word Origin and History for dour

adj.

mid-14c., "severe," from Scottish and northern England dialect, probably from Latin durus "hard" (see endure); sense of "gloomy, sullen" is late 15c.

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