Origin of dour
Examples from the Web for dour
This decline, not surprisingly, has engendered a dour mood among much of the yeomanry.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class|Joel Kotkin|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And so the Libyan revolution was intoxicating, which is why the world watched it much more closely than the dour Syrian struggle.It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today|Ann Marlowe|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Queen Victoria had the reputation of being a humorless, dour battleaxe, a Terminator in bombazine.
Then McQueen, who can come across as quite intense and dour, magnificently, jumped up and down.The Changing Color of the Oscars: '12 Years A Slave' Makes History|Tim Teeman|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The exuberant, indefatigable Democrat from Oregon and the dour, taciturn Republican from New Hampshire made an odd couple.The Senate’s New Taxman Won’t Be Controlled By His Own Party|Linda Killian|February 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wat Gordon shook his head with a certain unconvinced and dour determination.Lochinvar|S. R. Crockett
He ransacked the train forward in vain, and returned, passing Marjorie with a shake of the head and a dour countenance.Excuse Me!|Rupert Hughes
Dour, drug, dull—The state of the ice when the- 25 - stone cannot easily be thrown the length of the rink.The Canadian Curler's Manual|James Bicket
The others brought forth tobacco and squatted or sat near the dour Jamaican.Border, Breed Nor Birth|Dallas McCord Reynolds
You were always considered something like me—dark and dour when you liked, but sunshiny when you liked also.Girls of the Forest|L. T. Meade
Word Origin for dour
mid-14c., "severe," from Scottish and northern England dialect, probably from Latin durus "hard" (see endure); sense of "gloomy, sullen" is late 15c.