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dour

[ door, douuhr, dou-er ]
/ dʊər, daʊər, ˈdaʊ ər /
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adjective
sullen; gloomy: The captain's dour look depressed us all.
severe; stern: His dour criticism made us regret having undertaken the job.
Scot. (of land) barren; rocky, infertile, or otherwise difficult or impossible to cultivate.
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Origin of dour

1325–75; Middle English, from Latin dūrus dure1

synonym study for dour

1. See glum.

OTHER WORDS FROM dour

dourly, adverbdourness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dour

dour
/ (dʊə, ˈdaʊə) /

adjective
sullen
hard or obstinate

Derived forms of dour

dourly, adverbdourness, noun

Word Origin for dour

C14: probably from Latin dūrus hard
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