[ door, douuhr, dou-er ]
/ dʊər, daʊər, ˈdaʊ ər /
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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 dourdourly, adverbdourness, noun
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How to use dour in a sentence
Republicans are already dourly pointing out that Staten Island is the only area of the city that routinely votes for the GOP.Staten Island v. New York City Marathon|Megan McArdle|November 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The conference room on the third floor of the New York Helmsley hotel is rather dourly decorated in a palette of brown and beige.Camp Fashion Design Draws Budding Designers To New York|Robin Givhan|July 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Fats watched him dourly, then swung on his heel, just as a shrill, strangled cry went up from someone in the crowd.Police Your Planet|Lester del Rey
MacGregor looked at him dourly, disgust and anger on his big red face.The Snow-Burner|Henry Oyen
M'Iver took on a set stern jaw, and looked his chief very dourly in the face.John Splendid|Neil Munro
Foe got up, smiling dourly, knocked out his pipe, and chose a fresh one from the mantelpiece.Foe-Farrell|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The others came in, Howell dourly and Graves wiping his moustache.The Machine That Saved The World|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for dour
/ (dʊə, ˈdaʊə) /
hard or obstinate
Derived forms of dourdourly, adverbdourness, noun
Word Origin for dour
C14: probably from Latin dūrus hard
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